Devastating wildfire can threaten communities and infrastructure. Edmontonians are encouraged to take an active role in protecting our city from the threat of wildfires.

What You Can Do

Be fire-safe when smoking outdoors

Improperly extinguished smoking materials are one of the leading fire causes in Edmonton, especially during spring’s dry and windy conditions.

If you smoke outside: 

  • Only discard smoking materials in large, deep, sturdy, non-combustible ashtrays. 
  • Wet cigarette butts and matches before putting them in a garbage container to prevent them from smouldering and starting a fire.
  • Never extinguish smoking materials in plant pots, potting soil, peat moss, or other types of soil as they can burn easily.
  • Never discard smoking materials on the ground, out vehicle windows, or in dry, grassy areas.

Learn more at Smoking Safety.

Pay attention to Edmonton’s fire bans and fire restrictions

When the fire hazard is extreme, the City of Edmonton may issue a fire ban or fire restriction to protect life and property. 

Fire bans and/or restrictions can prohibit any of these activities:

  • Open burning 
  • Fireworks
  • Fire pits and cooking stoves in parks
  • Backyard fire pits

Learn more at Fire Bans.

Be Fire Smart

Alberta FireSmart logo

There are many things you can do to help prevent wildfires and keep your home and community safe.

FireSmart™ programs empower you to take small steps around your home and property that reduce the negative impacts of wildland fire.

Learn more about being FireSmart™ from the Province of Alberta:

Protect Your Home
Protect Your Neighbourhood
Protect Your Community
Protect Alberta


Fireworks education campaign graphic - Do you know the rules?

Especially in dry conditions, fireworks can be extremely dangerous and disruptive to individuals, property and the environment if not used or handled correctly.

Under the City of Edmonton’s Public Places Bylaw 14614 and Community Standards Bylaw 14600, any use of fireworks without proper permits is illegal and subject to enforcement which can include fines of up to $10,000.

Learn more at Firework Permits and Safety.

Fire Pits

Fire pits can be a staple of summer but it’s important to know how to enjoy them safely.

Learn more about backyard fire pits and fireplace bylaws in Edmonton, including their construction, use and what you can burn by visiting Fire Pits.

Be Prepared

Individuals, families and businesses can support our community’s resiliency by being personally prepared for an emergency that may last up to 72 hours.

It’s also important to ensure that all emergency plans and business continuity plans are in place.

Be Prepared

For More Information

311 Contact Centre

If you are calling from outside of Edmonton: 780-442-5311

Telephone 311
TTY 711
Website https://311.edmonton.ca