With an estimated two to 2.5 million acres of unharvested crop across western Canada needing to be cleaned up before spring seeding, producers are at the mercy of mother nature. An early spring with consistently mild temperatures would be beneficial to growers who need to harvest last year’s crop and plant a new one in the same busy spring season. There are many options, other than burning, to help manage the un-harvested crops.
#1) Check out this link for options that may suit your situation: Unharvested Crops
#2) After checking out the above "Unharvested Crops" link and you still decide burning is the best option you must obtain a proper burn permit (for stubble burning or any burning you are encouraged to confirm your liability coverage with your insurance company)
#3) Recommended precautions for stubble burning:
- Be sure your fire guards are wide enough and clear so a fire cannot easily cross over (40' to 50' - 12 to 15 metres);
- Have your tools and equipment (tractors/field implements) ready at the fire site and enough portable water depending on the size of your fire;
- Adults must be in attendance at all times and burn no more than 40 acres (16 hectares) at one time;
- Smoke from a burn can create a public hazard, especially within 1/2 mile of a primary and/or secondary highway. Contact your local highway maintenance contractor for smoke signage.
- Do not burn in windy or forecasted windy conditions (10 kms/hour or more).
Regulations in effect March 1st to October 31, 2017
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. Fire permits may be obtained free of charge by:
While burning may be the simplest way to clean up a site, you may be breaking the law. Keep in mind that under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, burning certain materials is illegal. Burnable debris includes: brush/fallen trees, straw, stubble, grass, weeds, leaves, tree prunings and wood/wood products NOT containing preservatives. Prohibited debris include: animal manure, plastic (including baler twine), rubber (including tires), containers that held pesticides/chemicals, and wood/wood products containing wood preservatives. For more information check out Prohibited Debris: Before You Burn . . . Learn!!
Covering 721,396 acres in central Alberta, Ponoka County embodies the essence of rural Alberta with strong agricultural roots, a commitment to fiscal responsibility and an independent spirit. Today, the County serves 9,806 residents, providing strong leadership and guiding the municipality through some difficult challenges.