The Steps to Take for Controlled Burns in MVC
1. Obtain a County Fire Permit (Seasonal Requirement)
From March 1 to Oct. 31 annually, all individuals are required to obtain county fire permits for any large burn in Mountain View County. For those in the Alberta Forest Protection Area in two western portions of Mountain View County (see step #3 below) permits are administered by Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development.
*Important: As part of the permitting process, individuals are required to call local fire dispatch toll-free at 1-877-507-7011 after receiving your permit and prior to igniting your controlled burn. Provide fire dispatch with your permit number that will come on the return email.
For more information/clarification, or for help filling out the online permit please call 403-335-3311.
*Please Note, the fire permit system is automated and generates a return email with your completed permit and permit number to provide to fire dispatch. If you do not receive a return email within a reasonable amount of time, please check your email program's spam or junk email folder.
To view the MVC Fire Bylaw for further details see: MVC Fire Bylaw (Updated 2017)
Note: If conditions dictate, Mountain View County may require permits outside the normal permitting time period. If conditions also dictate, the County (or the Province) may also institute a partial or total fire ban at any time of the year (See #4 below).
2. Call Fire Dispatch
Year-round (including between Nov. 1 and Feb. 27/28) and regardless of where you live in Mountain View County, before you start your controlled burn, you must contact Fire Dispatch toll-free at 1-877-507-7011.
- Your name - Location of the fire (provide a rural address)
- Your contact phone number & time the fire will commence
- A prominent local landmark near the burn location
Failure to contact Fire Disptach - regardless of the time of year - could result in personnel and equipment being dispatched from the local fire departments to respond to your controlled burn if it is reported by a neighbour or passers-by.
If you have not contacted Fire Dispatch this could result in being charged under the County Fire Bylaw with the potential to be invoiced for the cost of the fire department call-out. So please, before you light any controlled burns on your property, contact 1-877-507-7011.
3. Determine if you live in the Forest Protection Area
The Alberta Forest Protection Area includes two portions of Mountain View County (one near Water Valley and the other west of Sundre and Bergen):
- West of RR 54 from Twp Rd 310 to the South Boundary (covered by Calgary Ag & Forestry office - 403-297-8800).
- West of RR 60 from Twp Rd 312 to the North Boundary (covered by Rocky Mtn. House Ag & Forestry office - 403-845-8272).
- See Map of Forest Protection Area in Mountain View County.
Residents and industry in these two areas must obtain free burning permits from Alberta Agriculture & Forestry, for lands within the above Forest Protection Area. You can also visit them online at Alberta Ag & Forestry Fire Permits Page.
Note: Mountain View County cannot issue fire permits for these areas and cannot institute fire bans in these areas. The full responsibility for these regulations is with the Province of Alberta.
4. Determine if it is Safe to Burn
During certain times of the year, due to dry and/or windy conditions, full or partial fire bans may be implemented for Mountain View County and the surrounding communites and municipalities.
During full fire bans, fires within the County are banned until further notice, and all existing fires must be extinguished.
Exceptions are made for fires which are contained in cooking and heating appliances fuelled by fluids, gasses, briquettes or pellets. During a partial ban, contained campfires with a screen and burning barrels are generally exempted along with the above outdoor cooking appliances.
During a partial or full fire ban, any fire permits that have been previously issued by the County will be void. New fire permits will not be issued until the ban is lifted.
Information on fire bans will appear on our website, on our social media accounts, or can be viewed at the Alberta Fire Bans website.
|2017 Mountain View County fire guardians|
|Pam Thomas||Mountain View County Staff||403-335-3311 ext 125|
|Jane Fulton||Mountain View County Staff||403-335-3311 ext 184|
Under provisions in the MVC Fire Bylaw (Bylaw 11/13), use of fireworks requirse a permit year-round.
An online permitting system has been developed for low-hazard fireworks:
Anyone planning high-hazard or extensive firework useage is asked to call the County office at 403-335-3311 to report their planned fireworks and obtain their permit.