Fire Permits & Bans

The MD of Bighorn is located in the Calgary Forest Area
Burning


Municipal District residents are only permitted to burn clean wood. No yard waste, construction/demolition waste, garbage or scrap. This includes tires, shingles or anything treated or painted.

Wildfire Season


Wildfire Season - March 1 to October 31, all burning within the Municipal District of Bighorn requires a permit. To locate the office nearest you visit Fire permits-Alberta. Or contact the local Forestry Office in Calgary at 403-297-8800 .

November 1 to February 28, residents within the hamlets (and residential subdivisions) require a burning permit which they may obtain  at the Municipal District office at 2 Heart Mountain Drive. Burning permits are not required in the rural area, during this time.

Fines


Fines and costs have been levied in the past, for those caught burning without a permit or burning in contravention of conditions outlined on the permit.

Alternatives


What can hamlet residents do with their accumulated yard waste rather than burn it? The Municipal District of Bighorn offers two annual clean-ups (Spring & Fall) in all five of our hamlets.

The above conditions for permits do not apply to warming / cooking fires in fireplaces, fire pits and acceptable appliances. This type of burning is allowed year-round (except during a fire ban) without a permit.
Please avoid the burning of green wood or any other natural material that may cause excessive smoke and create a nuisance for neighbors.