Watch this page for the most up-to-date fire ban and advisory information for Canmore. We post fire bans and fire advisories here when they are in effect.
In Alberta, the highest wildfire hazard is from mid-April through the end of May, the time after the snow has melted but before vegetation has started growing. In 2019, 71 percent of wildfires were human-caused.
· Safe wood campfires * (within fire rings) in campgrounds, backyards, or random camping areas
· Charcoal briquettes
· Portable propane fire pits
· Gas or propane stoves and barbecues
· Catalytic or infrared-style heaters
· Fire Permits
· Be on rock, gravel, sand, or another non-combustible surface that extends at least one metre around the fire;
· Have a responsible person in attendance to keep fire under control at all times and extinguish before leaving;
· Have on hand enough water on site to extinguish the fire.
Help Prevent Wildfires
· Never leave a fire unattended.
· Completely extinguish campfires with water. Soak it, stir it, and soak it until it is cool to the touch.
· Do not throw cigarettes on the ground. Put them out and discard in a bin.
· Off-Highway Vehicles can start wildfires - check frequently to ensure hotspots are free of debris and make sure mufflers and spark arrestors are working properly.