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:
- 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.
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!!