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Fire Safety in Dry Conditions

Although some rain has fallen, hot and dry conditions persist in Alberta. The Office of the Fire Commissioner is reminding you to be aware and practice fire safety. Here are some important tips to how to do your part:


Preparing for the threat of wildfire is a shared responsibility. You can do your part:

  • Dispose of debris and lawn clippings quickly to reduce fuel for fire. Don’t let them linger.
  • Clear leaves and other vegetative debris from roofs, gutters, porches and decks. This helps prevent embers from igniting your home.
  • Remove dead vegetation and other items from under your deck or porch, and within 3 metres of the house.
  • Remove flammable materials (wood piles, propane tanks) within 10 metres of your home’s foundation and outbuildings, including garages and sheds. If it can catch fire, don’t let it touch your house, deck or porch.
  • Prune trees so the lowest branches are 2 to 3 metres from the ground. Wildfire can spread to tree tops.

If you spot a wildfire, call toll-free 310-FIRE(3473)


  • Before starting a campfire, check to see if your community has a fire ban in place at
  • Check for fire bans and restrictions within provincial parks at Alberta Parks.
  • Always practice campfire safety.
  • If required, get a permit. Always follow the rules, as outlined in your permit.
  • Respect fire bans.
  • Closely supervise all outdoor fires. Make sure the fire fully extinguished and out, before leaving.
  • Supervise children around any fire outdoors, including campfires, fire pits, chimneys, and outdoor fireplaces.
  • Permitted recreational fires such as campfires need to be at least 25 feet (8 meters) away from anything that can burn.
  • Before starting a campfire, have a bucket of water, or shovel and dirt or sand nearby to extinguish the fire.
  • To put out a campfire...Soak it, stir it, soak it again.

Smoking materials

  • Always use a deep, not-combustible, sturdy ashtray to extinguish smoking materials.
  • Never extinguish smoking materials in plant pots. Stub it Right, Don't Ignite.
  • Never throw out cigarettes into vegetation, landscaping, peat moss, dried grasses, mulch, leaves, garbage and other similar items - they can easily catch fire.
  • Never discard smoking materials on the ground.
  • Make sure matches and cigarette butts in ashtrays are wet before you put them in a garbage container.

Wildfire Prevention - Off-highway vehicles


Fire Safety in Dry Conditions Information

Fire Safety in Dry Conditions Poster

The Office of the Fire Commissioner has developed an 11"x17" Fire Safety in Dry Conditions poster for use by community groups and fire departments.

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  • Date modified: 2017-09-14