Fire Permits & Regulations


Effective April 23, 2024, Mountain View County has implemented a county-wide Fire Restriction due to current and forecasted conditions. This restriction will remain in place until further notice.

What's not allowed:
  • All Outdoor Fires, as defined by the County’s Fire Bylaw, must be extinguished.
  • Lighting any Outdoor Fires is prohibited. 
  • This includes open fires, fireworks, recreational fires not contained in acceptable fire pits, and fires that have previously received a Fire Permit.
What's still allowed:
  • Acceptable burning barrels
  • Acceptable fire pits
  • Acceptable outdoor fireplaces
  • Barbecues
  • Household fireplaces
  • AER flaring

All current fire permits and fireworks permits are canceled. No new permits will be issued until the Fire Restriction is lifted.
To learn more about the difference between Fire Restrictions and Fire Bans and why they are put in place, please view Reeve Angela Aalbers' informative video at:

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:

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

Cremona/Water Valley403-870-4223

3. Determine if you live in the Forest Protection Area

The Alberta Forest Protection Area includes two portions of Mountain View County:

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 ArcherMountain View County Staff403-335-3311 ext  204
Kevin HeeremaMountain View County Patrol403-335-3311 ext 162