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Fire Bans and Advisories

What is a fire ban?

A fire ban is issued to restrict or temporarily ban types of fire use within the city because of a high fire danger and poor air quality. Each fire ban will include a list of prohibited fire uses, such as use of fire pits, chimeneas, barbecues and other forms of open flame devices.

Fines for violating a fire ban range from $500 to $5,000.


The use of fireworks is not allowed at any time without a permit from the Calgary Fire Department, regardless of a fire ban. 

Please visit this page for more information on fireworks permits. 

Fire bans outside of Calgary

Every town, city and forested areas in Alberta may have different legislation or bylaws for fire bans. It is important to read the details of a fire ban carefully and contact the city, town or Fire Department that issued the fire ban if you have any questions or concerns. For information on fire bans in Alberta, please visit

Contact 311 for more information on fire bans, advisories and permits.

How is a fire safety advisory issued?

A fire safety advisory is issued to inform citizens of conditions that pose a moderate to high fire risk. It's usually issued before the conditions result in a fire ban. It may be issued for short-term conditions, such as major wind events, unusually dry conditions, or hot temperatures.

Even if weather conditions change and it rains or snows, a fire safety advisory may remain in place because there's still an increased fire danger. The Calgary Fire Department continuously monitors weather forecasts and conditions to ensure Calgary is prepared for any change in fire risk. We'll update the status of a fire safety advisory or fire ban as needed.

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