Brazeau County residents are reminded that fire permits are required for burning year-round.

Even in the winter, obtaining a fire permit improves safety for the community and reduces strain and cost on Drayton  Valley/Brazeau County Fire Services.

There are times especially during the winter months when a thermal inversion can manifest which results in smoke from a burn hanging low to the ground. This may cause unnecessary discomfort for adjacent landowners near the burn and may cause traffic hazards on roadways. By issuing a permit, a field officer can educate the landowner on these types of conditions and instruct the landowner to notify neighbors, put up smoke signs on roadways, or provide information on optimal burning times and conditions.

A final important piece of the permitting process is the follow up action taken by the field officer after burning has been completed. This is done to ensure the burn has been fully extinguished and can occur by contacting the land owner and asking detailed questions about the burn or doing a follow up inspection to make sure the fire is out. This process happens weeks or months after the fire to ensure there is no chance of a hold over fire.

In the winter of 2015/2016, Drayton Valley/Brazeau County Fire Services responded to three significant fires that were a result of unpermitted burns, with a total cost of nearly $24,000.

Residents can obtain a permit online here or by calling Drayton Valley/Brazeau County Fire Services at (780) 514-2216.