Fire Pit Guidelines

April 17, 2021: There is currently no fire ban within the City of Spruce Grove’s municipal boundaries. Residents are allowed to have fires in approved fire pits that meet the City’s guidelines and that have been issued a free fire pit permit. This information only applies to people living within Spruce Grove’s municipal boundaries. Residents of Parkland County or the Town of Stony Plain should check with their respective municipal offices for fire ban information specific to their community. Fire ban information is also available at www.albertafirebans.ca.

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Construction materials

Wood burning fire pits must be constructed of non-combustible materials.  Approved materials include masonry brick, concrete blocks or heavy gauge metal to form an enclosed burning area.

The wood burning fire pit, permanent or portable, must be set on a non-combustible base, such as patio bricks or sidewalk blocks.

Size

When setting up your fire pit, please make sure it follows these guidelines:

  • The maximum burning area is 1 meter (3 feet) across.
  • The minimum height is 0.3 meter (1 foot) - measuring from ground level to the top of the fire pit.
  • The maximum height is 0.6 meter (2 feet) - measuring from ground level to the top of the fire pit.

Placement

The fire pit must be 3 meters (10 feet) away from any combustible structures, including buildings, fences, trees and property lines.  The fire pit must not have any combustible structures, including trees, hanging overhead.

The location of the fire pit must be in an area not easily accessible to the general public such as a private backyard.

Fuel

Burn clean wood only, no treated or painted wood or household, garden or yard waste.

Screen

A screen during burning is mandatory.  Use 13mm (½ inch) metal mesh screen to cover the top opening of the fire pit.

Weather Conditions

Consider weather conditions when burning as smoke and wind may cause concerns for your neighbours.

Water Supply

Make sure there is a good supply of water nearby.  Have a garden hose readily available for extinguishment or in case of an emergency.

Additional Requirement

Never leave the site of an active fire.  If a fire emergency occurs contact 911 immediately to report.

You can get a fire permit online.