Like last year, Lacombe County’s fire permit season will start a month earlier on March 1, 2018, coinciding with changes made by the provincial government. Getting a permit is free and easy to obtain through the myLacombeCounty app (Apple users), online, over the phone, or by coming in person to the Lacombe County office.
“In response to changing conditions in our environment, often resulting in drier spring conditions, the provincial government has moved up Fire Permit season by a month,” explained Drayton Bussiere, Lacombe County Fire Chief.
Burning without a fire permit can result in a hefty fine.
Under Lacombe County’s Fire Protection Policy, anyone found burning without a permit will be required to pay for the fire department response fees. A flat rate of $300 will be charged for responses to a fire when a person is in contravention of the Forest and Prairie Protection Act for failure to have a fire permit or any other provision of the Act and fire suppression is not required.
“It’s about public safety and burning responsibly,” said Bussiere. “Fire permits are free of charge and easy to obtain, yet we continue to have situations where people don’t take out a permit and can be charged under the bylaw.”
The past several years have seen many producers brush lands and burn the brush during the winter months. It is very important to remember to check these piles as they can smolder for many months, and can be rekindled by the wind. Combine this with dry spring conditions and the resulting fires can be disastrous.
Fires that are started by rekindled brush piles are your responsibility and you can also be charged for the fire response. Should a Fire Department respond to a fire for which a permit has not been issued, or if a permit has been issued and the permit holder contravenes any of the conditions of the permit, the property owner will be assessed costs at the following rates:
- fire truck - $500 per hour
- water truck - $300 per hour
- rapid response unit/mini pumper - $300 per hour
- equipment van - $300 per hour
- equipment other than fire apparatus – Lacombe County cost
- personnel other than fire department members - Lacombe County cost
Beginning on March 1, online fire permits can be submitted from the Lacombe County website homepage (www.lacombecounty.com), and through the “my Lacombe County” app (Apple users). People are also able to request permits in person at the Lacombe County Office, or by calling 403-782-8959.
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