The Forest and Prairie Protection Act states “no person shall light an outdoor fire during the fire season on land in a permit area unless that person is the holder of a subsisting fire permit.” In Starland County, Council has passed Bylaw 1042 which requires residents to obtain fire permits from March 1st until October 31st every year. During extremely dry conditions, Council can extend a fire ban on all fires if they feel that conditions are unsuitable for burning.
Fire permits can be obtained free of charge at the County Office. Failure to obtain one can result in charges, or being charged with the cost of a fire truck visiting the scene of a fire where no permit was issued.
For your convenience, if you have a fax machine or scanner, we can forward a form for you to sign. This form must be signed and returned to our office to be valid. A completed form will then be returned to you and must be kept on the burning site while burning is in progress. Remember you must contact your local fire department before commencing the burn to ensure they are aware that you are burning in case anyone phones to report your fire.
Fires must be extinguished before expiration of the permit or upon cancellation of the permit.
A fire permit is valid only for the period for which it is issued. Fire permits are issued for a maximum of ten days. They can be extended or renewed if needed. By obtaining a fire permit you have simply indicated that you wish to burn. You must follow the conditions set out on the fire permit.
Fires must be lit when weather conditions are favorable. Don’t start to burn under windy, gusty conditions. Fires must be monitored and kept from spreading to adjacent properties. Adequate fire guards shall be in place prior to any burn. Burns shall be done in compliance with the guidelines set forth under Bylaw #1042 and the guidelines set by the Forest & Prairie Protection Act.
A fire permit may be suspended or cancelled at any time by a forest officer or fire guardian and upon receiving notice of the suspension or cancellation the person concerned shall immediately extinguish any fire set pursuant to his permit.
As a landowner, you may be financially liable for all costs to extinguish a wild fire which starts on your land.
All Fire Permit inquiries can be directed to the main office at the number listed below.