Ponoka County is responsible for the administration of the Forest and Prairie Protection Act within the County including the Summer Village of Parkland Beach and the Town of Rimbey.
During the Fire Season (now starting March 1st), any person lighting a fire for any purpose, other than for burning household garbage or campfires in approved containers/methods, must have a valid fire permit. You may be liable for fire suppression costs and/or penalties as provided by law for any damage or suppression that may occur while burning without a valid permit.
Most fire calls and associated costs can be easily avoided if precautions and extra care are taken. For example:
- Do not start a fire when weather conditions are conductive to a fire rapidly escaping out of control;
- Establish a safe site for burning household garbage or campfires (in approved containers such as a burning barrel with mesh screens in place);
- Keep grass and other fine fuels around burning areas mowed and cleaned;
- Never leave fires unattended.
- Using the new Ponoka County Mobile app (free app) available at Google Play and the App Store.
- Attending or phoning the Ponoka County Administration Office at 4205 – Highway 2A in Ponoka, 403-783-3333, during regular business hours (Mon – Fri, 8:30am – 4:30pm).
- Phoning the Ponoka County Regional Fire Chief, Dennis Jones, at 403-913-5105.
- Phoning the Ponoka County East District Fire Chief, Dale Morrow, at 403-913-4038.
Watch for updates emailed to you when you apply for the permit using the new County app. Listen for ban information on your local radio station. Check the County website at www.ponokacounty.com or the Alberta Fire Ban website at https://www.albertafirebans.ca/