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Okotoks: Fire Pit Exemptions

Fire permit requirements waived for front yard fire pits

The Okotoks Fire Department has waived any permit requirements to allow fire pits to be located in the front of your home, in either the yard or driveway.  Fire pits are fun activities for kids, as they can roast a hot dog or make s’mores over the open fire.  You can even say hi to your neighbours as they walk-by.  Make sure you are following the recommendations of Alberta Health Services by keeping at least 6 feet (the length of a bicycle) from others.  Have fun and stay safe out there!  Don’t forget to fully extinguish the fire before you go to bed.

Fire-pits and Outdoor Burning

  • Closely supervise all outdoor fires. Make sure the fire is out before leaving.
  • Supervise children around any fire outdoors, including campfires, fire-pits, chimneys, and outdoor fireplaces.
  • Permitted open fires, should follow the guidelines as specified in the Burning Bylaw 10-17 
  • Avoid burning on windy, dry days. When conditions are windy or dry, it is easy for open burning to spread out of control.
  • Where outdoor burning is allowed, never use gasoline or other flammable or combustible liquids.
  • When burning, have a hose, bucket of water, or shovel and dirt or sand nearby to extinguish the fire.

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