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Fire Restriction Lifted

The County of Paintearth has lifted the Fire Restriction, effective November 09, 2020. Fire permits will be issued at the County Office between 9am and 4pm, Monday through Friday.

Fires are allowed in:

"Acceptable Burn Barrel" means an outdoor receptacle that meets the following specifications:

  1. a minimum of 3(three)meters clearance measured from the nearest edge of the Burn Barrel to a building , property lines, or other combustible material;
  2. equipped with an expanded metal spark arrest or mesh screen with openings no larger than 16mm(0.6inches), secured in place with a latches or;
  3. constructed of non-combustible material;
  4. not located over underground utility services or under aboveground wires;
  5. is supervised at all times by a responsible person until such time that the fire in the Burn Barrel has been extinguished. A fire shall be deemed to include hat ashes and smoldering embers resulting from the fire; and
  6. is used to burn non prohibited debris.

"Fire Pit" means a non-combustible structure or container located on public or private property, used for recreation purposes and constructed in accordance with this Bylaw

  1. a fire pit shall be constructed with non-combustible materials,
  2. the maximum external dimension of the Fire Pit shall not be greater than one meter,
  3. a fire pit shall be covered by a substantial screen or grate with openings not to exceed 16mm(0.6inches) in any dimension,
  4. a fire pit shall not be located closer than 3 meters(10feet) from a property line and two meters from any combustible material, including, but not limited to buildings, structures, fences, patio decks and foliage as measured from the nearest fire pit edge.
  5. a fire pit shall not be located lessthan0.6meters(2feet)  laterally from an underground utility line.

"Incinerator Fire" means a fire that is confined within a non-combustible container or barrel with opening; covered with a heavy gauge metal screen having a mesh size not larger than 13 millimeters and which is ventilated in such a manner as to preclude the escape of combustible materials, including ash.

The County of Paintearth is urging residents to be fire safe and ensure that all fires are supervised and under control at all times.  Burning is ONLY to be done with extreme care and caution. Be aware that weather will determine if the County of Paintearth proceeds to a total fire ban.

Michael Simpson, CAO
County of Paintearth # 18

The County is seeking a County Member at Large to fill the following vacancy: 

Weed & Ag Pests Appeal Committee – 1 County Member at Large

This appointment is for a one-year term and is paid in accordance with the County’s compensation policy.
Interested individuals with backgrounds in agriculture, horticulture or environmental services should send their letter of interest outlining their experience and interest in serving on the Appeal Committee, prior to December 13, 2020 to:
Agricultural Service Board Box 509 Castor, AB T0C 0X0
or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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