Mountain View County residents and landowners are reminded that Fire Permits for large scale burns are required up until October 31, 2018.
Up to and including that date any landowners with planned burns are asked to fill out their free fire permit available on the Mountain View County website and to call fire dispatch at 1-877-507-7011 to report their burn to prevent the unnecessary call-out of fire personnel.
The Fire Permit link is available online through a link on our landing page at www.mountainviewcounty.com.
Starting November 1, 2018 Fire Permits are no longer required for large scale burns until fire permit season re-opens on March 1, 2019.
One major change in the process is that the 1-877-507-7011 number will no longer be active after October 31st, so residents and landowners conducting large scale burns will no longer be required to contact Fire Dispatch during the non-permit issuing period. Previously, people wishing to conduct a burn had to contact Fire Dispatch through the toll free number despite fire permits no longer being required.
Please note that all other precautionary measures to ensure controlled burning as per the Mountain View County Fire Bylaw are still required and landowners conducting such burns are still responsible for ensuring any burns are conducted safely.
Also note that the County, through the Fire Bylaw, can still institute a full or partial fire ban if conditions dictate. Under any fire ban all large scale burning – even in the offseason for fire permits – is prohibited.
Anyone with questions regarding this issue can contact the County during regular business hours at 403-335-3311 or email Pam Thomas, Community Services Coordinator.
If you live in the Forest Protection Area of the County, your fire permits are available from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. Their contact information and a guide to the areas of MVC that fall within the provincial jurisdiction are available through the above posted link.