March 1, 2019 is the starting date of the fire permit season in Mountain View County.
The requirement for permits applies to all areas of the County and fire permits are mandatory for all large-scale burns that are not within an approved burning container (see the County Fire Bylaw).
The County does not issue burning permits to applicants located within the two Alberta Forest Protection Areas within the County boundaries.
These areas are (see map):
- West of RR 54 from Twp Rd 310 to the south boundary of the County (Calgary FA).
- West of RR 60 from Twp Rd 312 to the north boundary of the County (Rocky Mtn House FA).
Applicants in these two areas must obtain their free burning permits from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry offices in Calgary and Rocky Mtn. House office respectively. Mountain View County fire permits (or fireworks permits) are not valid for lands within these two areas.
To contact Alberta Agriculture and Forestry call toll free 403-310-0000, call directly to 403-297-8800 (Calgary) or 403-845-8272 (RMH) or visit them online at wildfire.alberta.ca.
Any large burns planned by applicants in all other areas of the County require a permit issued by Mountain View County. The permits are free of charge and are available through an online permitting system on the County’s website at this link.
Any residents who require assistance with filling out the permits after March 1, 2019 can contact the County office at 403-335-3311 during regular office hours. Residents wanting more information on fire permits can also call the office at the same number.
When you successfully fill out your County permit application online, you will be forwarded to a response page that will include your permit number. Please record this number in the event the automatically emailed permit does not reach your inbox. This permit number allows the applicant to conduct their burn.
If you do not eventually receive your email to the email address you provided within the application, contact the office at the above number and we’ll forward a copy of the permit for your records. However, your permit number on the initial response page does allow you to conduct your burn.
Changes to the permitting system this year includes the closure of the 1-800 phone line to report burns. For 2019, applicants will only have to obtain their County permit.
If Mountain View County and/or Provincial Government put in place a full or partial fire ban, all permits for burns are null and void. Any ongoing burns must be extinguished and any planned burns cannot commence until the fire ban is lifted and a permit can be obtained.
There are no exemptions to fire bans. Bans will be announced on the County website, on County social media accounts facebook.com/MVCounty and twitter.com/MVCounty, and on the provincial website at albertafirebans.ca.