The Alberta Government has started fire season a little earlier this year to get a leg up on preventing another summer of wildfires as bad as last year’s.
That means if you want to start a fire for anything other than a campfire, you’ll have to get a permit from the local fire department. Brian McEvoy of the Bonnyville Regional Fire Authority understands that it might seem odd requiring a permit when there’s still snow on the ground, but it’s crucial that everybody who starts a burn gets one. The permits allow the fire authority to check the sites in the spring to make sure there aren’t any holdover fires in the soil underground. He says the authority’s seen holdover fires erupt as many as three years after the initial fire took place.
Permits are free and only require a few simple requirements to obtain. They can be obtained either from a fire guardian or Sustainable Resources Alberta. Contact information is generally available on the local department’s website or the municipal website.