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Practicing Safety with Fire Pits this Summer

There are still wildfires burning in Alberta, and our city was recently under a fire ban due to the dry conditions. With more dry, hot weather in the forecast this week, the City of Calgary is urging Calgarians to practice fire pit safety and follow the bylaws. 


Fires in the City of Calgary must be: 

  • In a fire pit or non-combustible receptacle. If in a fire pit, it must be construted on bare ground or on brick/stone.
  • Not within two metres of the property line, building, fence or under any trees or branches.
  • Kept under one metre in both height and width.
  • Fully supervised at all times
  • Fully extinguished by 1 am, and there must be a means to extinguish the fire at all times. 
Safety tips: 

  • Only clean, dry firewood is permitted to be burned in fire pits.
  • Before using your fire pit, familiarize yourself with wind conditions.
  • High wind speeds may pose a fire hazard.
  • Placing a metal grill/screen on top of the fire pit reduces the flame's size and helps prevent sparks.
You cannot burn the following substances:

  • Treated/painted lumber
  • Lumber products with glue
  • Wet or unseasoned wood
  • Leaves, brush or yard waste
  • Garbage
  • Rubber, tires or plastic
  • Animal carcasses or parts

Fire pit infractions bring with them fines between $500 an $5,000; you can report bylaw infractions by calling 3-1-1, or if there is a fire ban in place and you see a fire, call 9-1-1. More information on the City of Calgary fire bylaws can be found online

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