Leduc County

Burning and fire permits

Residents who wish to burn an open fire in the county between April 1 and October 31 must obtain a fire permit from a fire guardian. The permit gives authority to the permit holder to set a fire according to regulations, terms and conditions described on the permit. The permit does not relieve the permit holder of his or her responsibility of keeping the fire under control. If the county is required to extinguish a fire, the costs may be charged to the owner or occupier of the land. In the case of non-payment, these costs can be charged against the land as taxes owing.

As per Leduc County's Fire Services bylaw, open fires are not permitted in hamlets (Buford, Kavanagh, Looma, Rolly View, Sunnybrook and New Sarepta), localities (Glen Park, Michigan Center, St. Francis and Telfordville) or subdivisions.

A permit is not required when a fire is being used for the purpose of cooking or warmth, or when the fire is contained in a burn barrel covered with wire mesh and with a fire guard cleared around the barrel.

Permit holders are required to abide by all fire bans and restrictions issued for Leduc County.

View/download the Open Burning Safe Practices and Procedures brochure

Fire Services administration contact

Phone: 780-955-7099
Fax: 780-955-9401
Email: fireservices@leduc-county.com
Facebook: Leduc County Fire Services

Fire advisories, restrictions and bans

Fire advisories, restrictions and bans are applied in Leduc County based on a variety of factors, including weather conditions, feedback from ratepayers and fire conditions throughout the province.

If conditions are becoming more susceptible to fire and the weather forecast is predicting dry conditions, an overall assessment is conducted to determine if a fire advisory, restriction or ban should be applied.

Please note: fire advisories, restrictions and bans do not apply to fires contained in cooking and heating appliances fueled by liquid fuel such as propane or natural gas. Leduc County is not in a forest-protected area.

View current fire advisories and bans in Alberta (Alberta Fire Bans)

Fire advisory

If a fire advisory is issued, certain restrictions may be placed on burning. A fire advisory is generally an indication that a fire restriction or ban may be implemented if weather conditions don't improve.

Fire restriction

If a fire restriction is issued, Leduc County fire guardians are prohibited from issuing fire permits and all fire permits previously issued are suspended, as per the Forest and Prairie Protection Act. All outdoor fires burning at the time of the restriction's issuance must be immediately extinguished. Individuals must use extreme caution when using burn barrels or fire pits and it is recommended that no open outside burning be undertaken until a significant amount of moisture is received.

Fire ban

If a fire ban is issued, Leduc County fire guardians are prohibited from issuing fire permits and all fire permits previously issued are suspended, as per the Forest and Prairie Protection Act. All outdoor fires burning at the time of the ban's issuance must be immediately extinguished. This includes open fires, campfires, fires used for cooking and warmth, burn barrels and the discharge of all fireworks. 

Crop residue management through burning

The 2016 growing season brought various challenges to producers across the province and in Leduc County. Extremely wet conditions resulted in many crops remaining in-field throughout the winter.

As of Jan. 2017, approximately 25 per cent of crops remain in-field in Leduc County. Some of these crops will be harvestable in the spring, but many of them won’t be, and producers will need to dispose of what’s remaining so they can move forward with seeding for the 2017 season.

Crop residue management through burning has been brought to Leduc County’s attention from various producers.

Understandably, some producers may want to burn the swaths or lodged crops left in their fields. Burning crop residue may be a reasonable option for some producers, but there are many things to be aware of prior to burning, including environmental effects, effects on soil, keeping the fire under control, disposing of debris properly and possibly dealing with insurance companies.

If the crop is insured through Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC), please contact them before you make your final decision regarding burning. Additionally, if there is considerable damage to the crop due to wildlife grazing, please contact AFSC and make an inquiry into the Wildlife Damage Compensation Program (WDCP).

Leduc County Fire Services and Leduc County Agricultural Services have drafted the following guidelines for those considering burning crop residue:

  1. Fire permits: those considering burning crop residue must obtain a fire permit from Leduc County Fire Services.
    1. Effective immediately, permits for crop residue burning must be issued by the Fire Marshal or a Deputy Fire Chief. Fire Guardians cannot issue permits for crop residue burning.
    2. A fire advisory has been issued on the Alberta Fire Bans website. Please check the website at ca for updates and changes to fire conditions.
  2. Landowner responsibility: landowners must take into account and plan for the total amount of fuel load in the area they will be burning (bushed areas, creeks, low-lying areas, peat areas) prior to burning.
    1. Burning can endanger property and life, and there may be a liability associated with fire and smoke hazards.
    2. Landowners must ensure they have the necessary equipment at the burning site to create an emergent fire guard if necessary (disc, cultivator, etc.).
    3. Landowners are encouraged to work with Leduc County Fire Services to come up with a proper burning plan.
  3. Outdoor fire precautions: landowners must follow section 22 of the Forest and Prairie Protection Act, which states that no person shall:
    1. Light an outdoor fire without first taking sufficient precautions to ensure that the fire can be kept under control at all times
    2. Light an outdoor fire when any fire hazard or burning hazard is conducive to a fire escaping out of control
    3. Fail to take responsible steps to control a fire for the purpose of preventing it from spreading onto land other than the person’s own
    4. Deposit, discard or leaving burning matter or substance in a place where it might ignite other matter and result in a fire
  4. Agricultural debris disposal: landowners must follow the rules set out by the Forest and Prairie Protection Regulations, part II, section 14, which states the following rules regarding agricultural debris disposal:
    1. No person shall cause or permit the broadcast burning of grass or stubble until a fire permit has been issued specifying thereon the terms and conditions under which the fire may be set.
    2. Before the fire is set, every person preparing to burn windrows or piles of brush and debris must ensure the following setbacks are met:
      1. The area containing the debris to be burned is surrounded completely by a guard cleared of inflammable material to a width no less than 45 feet
      2. No windrow is closer than 75 feet to uncleared land
      3. Windrows are separated from other parallel windrows by no less than 45 feet.

If you have any further questions regarding burning crop residue, please contact Leduc County Fire Services at 780-955-7099.

 If you’d like to discuss other options for crop residue disposal, please contact Leduc County Agricultural Services at 780-955-4593.

Specifications for fire pits and burn barrels

As per Leduc County's Fire Services bylaw, open fires are not permitted in hamlets (Buford, Kavanagh, Looma, Rolly View, Sunnybrook and New Sarepta), localities (Glen Park, Michigan Center, St. Francis and Telfordville) or subdivisions. Fire pits and burn barrels are permitted in these areas as long as the below specifications are met.

Acceptable fire pits are outdoor receptacles that meet the following specifications:

  • a minimum of three metres (10 feet) clearance, measured from the nearest fire pit edge, is maintained from buildings, property lines or other combustible materials
  • a fire pit shall be surrounded by a non-combustible surface extending one metre (three feet) in circumference of the fire pit
  • a fire pit height does not exceed 0.6 metres (two feet) when measured from the surrounding grade to the top of the pit opening
  • the fire pit opening does not exceed one metre (three feet) in width or in diametre when measured between the widest points or outside edges
  • the fire pit installation has enclosed sides made from bricks, concrete blocks, heavy gauge metal or other non-combustible materials acceptable to the fire chief
  • a spark arrestor mesh screen with openings no larger than 1.25 centimetres (1/2 inch) and constructed of expanded metal (or equivalent non-combustible material) is used to cover the fire pit opening in a manner sufficient to contain and reduce the hazards of airborne sparks.

Acceptable burn barrels are outdoor receptacles that meet the following specifications:

  • a container no larger than 210 litres (45 gallons)
  • the burn barrel must be located on a non-combustible surface extending at least three metres (10 feet) from the curcumference of the container
  • the burn barrel must be at least 15 metres (50 feet) from any property line, building, structure or other combustible material
  • a spark arrestor mesh screen with openings no larger than seven millimetres (1/4 inch) and constructed of expanded metal (or equivalent non-combustible material) is used to cover the burn barrel opening in a manner sufficient to contain and reduce the hazards of airborne sparks.

To dispose of ash, place the ashes in a metal container and soak with water. Let the ashes sit for two-to-three days before disposal in a pit.

Low-hazard fireworks

The Alberta Fire Code regulates the safe possession, sale, storage, purchase and discharge of low-hazard fireworks. Leduc County's Low-Hazard Fireworks bylaw details the requirement to have the controlled and managed sale, storage, purchase and discharge of fireworks by persons over the age of 18 have a manageable level of risk to life, health, safety and property.

The fire chief or his/her designate, may issue written permission to purchase and discharge low-hazard fireworks within Leduc County. This written permission can be obtained from the districts chief’s in the Warburg, Thorsby, Calmar, Nisku and/or New Sarepta fire districts. This written permission is valid for 365 days of the date of issue and can be used to make multiple purchases throughout this time frame.

We ask that all residents use extreme caution when discharging low-hazard fireworks and follow the conditions described on the reverse of the written permission form. Please take into consideration your neighbours and if there are any livestock in the area that the discharge could adversely affect.

Fire guardians

Fire permits can be obtained at no charge from designated fire guardians. This is a volunteer position and fire guardians may not be able to respond to requests immediately.

Nisku Duty Officer

Nisku Fire District
P: 780-955-7099

Glenn Belozer

P: 780-848-7660

Mark and Joe Bendoritis

Calmar Fire District
P: 780-985-3779

Eldon Bienert

Leduc Fire District
P: 780-986-6652

Mike Bott

Calmar Fire District
P: 780-919-1250

Tom Bradshaw

Leduc Fire District
P: 780-983-3718

Ron Chamulka

Nisku Fire District
P: 780-955-8031

Ed Dalmer

Leduc Fire District
P: 780-986-3664

Derek and Colleen Day

Millet Fire District
P: 780-387-4402

Tanni Doblanko

P: 780-920-0675

Rena and Karl Goldgrabe

New Sarepta Fire District
P: 780-941-3767

Dennis and Bernice Gruninger

Thorsby Fire District
P: 780-789-3123

Vincen Halwa

Thorsby Fire District
P: 780-789-2181

Ruth Harrison

Thorsby Fire District
P: 780-789-2181

Richard Ipsen

Thorsby Fire District
P: 780-789-1933

Audrey Kelto

P: 780-789-2202

Dwayne Mayr

Warburg Fire District
P: 780-542-0297

Berwyn Miller

Calmar Fire District
P: 780-940-2638

Doug Patterson

New Sarepta Fire District
P: 780-941-4242

Betty Glassman Ron Hepperle

Calmar Fire District
P: 780-387-2275

John Schonewille

P: 780-955-8382

Larry Sendziak

Calmar and Thorsby fire districts
P: 780-985-3283

Rick Smith

P: 780-920-0671

Clay Stumph

P: 780-920-0672

Doug Wetter

Leduc Fire District
P: 780-986-6778

John Whaley

P: 780-920-0674