May 23rd 2023 - Thanks to the recent substantial moisture, local resources returning from Provincial deployments and a reduction in the fire risk to the County, the Fire Ban has been lifted in all of Mountain View County effective immediately.
With that being said, the public is still urged to exercise extreme caution while burning and use precautionary measures such as screens and spark arrestors on burning barrels, cultivate areas surrounding controlled burns and have a supply of water readily available at all times.
Please note, that area located within the Forest Protection Area remains in a Fire Ban state and is regulated by the Province of Alberta. Details on their bans and restrictions can be found at: https://www.albertafirebans.ca/
Fire Permits are required year-round and can be obtained on the Mountain View County website at www.mountainviewcounty.com, or by contacting the Mountain View County office at 403-335-3311.
The Steps to Take for Controlled Burns in Mountain View County
1. Fire Permit
The online fire permitting system is open year round
QUESTIONS? Please call 403-335-3311.
To view the MVC Fire Bylaw for further details see: MVC Fire Bylaw 10/22
Note: If conditions also dictate, the County (or the Province) may institute a fire restriction or fire ban at any time of the year. Under these circumstances all burns must be extinguished and new burns are not permitted.
2. Conducting Your Burn
Mountain View County residents outside of the Forest Protection Area are able to conduct their burn if all conditions for conducting a safe burn per the MVC Fire Bylaw 10/22 have been met.
Local Fire Department Contact Information
3. Determine if you live in the Forest Protection Area
The Alberta Forest Protection Area includes two portions of Mountain View County:
- West of RR 54 from Twp Rd 310 to the South Boundary (covered by Calgary Ag & Forestry office - 403-297-8800 or 310-0000 toll free). West of Water Valley.
- West of RR 60 from Twp Rd 312 to the North Boundary (covered by Rocky Mtn. House Ag & Forestry office - 403-845-8250 or 310-0000 toll free). West of Sundre and Bergen, covers Coal Camp, Bearberry.
- Alberta Wildfire Online
NOTE: Mountain View County cannot issue fire permits for these areas and cannot institute fire restrictions or 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, fire restrictions or fire bans may be implemented for Mountain View County and the surrounding communities 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.
|Daniela Archer||Mountain View County Staff||403-335-3311 ext 204|
|Kevin Heerema||Mountain View County Patrol||403-335-3311 ext 162|