Fire Ban Issued May 22nd


Please note that a Fire Ban is in effect for the MD of Lesser Slave River effective May 22nd until further notice. All permits are suspended or cancelled and no new permits will be issued.


Prohibited Activities

  • All open fires, including campfires
  • Charcoal briquettes
  • Turkey fryers and tiki torches
  • Any type of brush or refuse burning
  • Fireworks

Allowed Activities

  • Gas or propane stoves and barbecues designed for cooking
  • Catalytic or infrared style heaters
  • Portable propane fire pits

Please note that all appliances (such as barbecues, stoves, heaters and portable campfires) must be CSA approved or UL certified. For further information please call 1.866.FYI.FIRE or visit

Where is the fire ban in the MD?

The May 22 fire ban includes the entire MD. Please check for detailed information about current fire bans and locations.

What is prohibited?

All open fires are banned, including campfires in campgrounds, backcountry and random camping areas. This includes charcoal briquettes, turkey fryers and tiki torches.

What is allowed?

Portable propane fire pits, gas or propane stoves and barbeques (not charcoal briquettes) designed for cooking or heating, and catalytic or infrared-style heaters.

Are fire permits allowed?

No. All fire permits are suspended or cancelled and no new fire permits will be issued.

How long will the fire ban be in place?

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry will be monitoring conditions on a daily basis and will amend the fire ban as appropriate.

Why is this fire ban in pace?

Warm weather and dry conditions means the wildfire hazard is high to extreme. The area is under a fire ban to help protect Albertans from the threat of wildfire.

Under what authority was the fire ban put in place?

The fire ban was enacted under Section 21 of the Forest and Prairie Protection Act. 

What penalties are in place?

If you’re found to be burning during a fire ban, you may be issued a $287 ticket. Individuals found responsible for starting a wildfire may be charged and fined up to $100,000.

Where can I get the most up-to-date information?

FACEBOOK: Alberta Wildfire Info
TWITTER: @AlbertaWildfire
PHONE: 1-866-FYI-FIRE (394-3473)

How can I report non-compliance?

Call the toll free report a poacher line at 1.800.642.3800.





MD of Lesser Slave River

Just a few hours due north of Edmonton, Lesser Slave River is a truly unique place to live, work and play. From breathtaking expanses of boreal forest and unspoiled natural wonders to a thriving economy and genuine work/life balance, opportunities abound. Here you'll discover a place of rugged beauty. A place of real people. A place you'll never want to leave.

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