Use Fire Pits Responsibly

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The use of the following items must meet Calgary’s Community Standards Bylaw for your safety and enjoyment, as well as your neighbours:
  • Backyard fire pits
  • Outdoor fireplaces
  • Wood burning ovens
  • Chimeneas

There had recently been a fire ban advisory issued on July 16 due to poor air quality in Calgary, which was then lifted on July 21. Always check if a Fire Ban is in effect before starting a fire.

When are fire pits allowed in Calgary?
  • Between 10 a.m. and midnight, Sunday – Thursday; or
  • Between 10 a.m. and 1 a.m., Friday and Saturday.
Get familiar with optimal wind conditions before using a fire pit:
  • High wind speeds may send smoke long distances or pose a fire hazard.
  • Low wind speeds won’t easily disperse smoke and can contribute to poor air quality.
Consider putting a metal grill/screen on the top to help:
  • reduce the flame’s size
  • prevent sparks and embers from escaping and igniting nearby materials.
Other important rules for fire pits:
  • Portable fire pits must sit on brick or stone, NOT directly on a wooden deck.
  • Fire pits must be at least 2 meters away from your property line, house, garage or fence.
  • Fire pits must NOT be under any materials that can catch fire.
  • Fires in fire pits cannot be too large. It must be around 1 metre high and wide only.
  • Only burn locally-purchase clean and dry firewood.
  • Have a watering hose or bucket of water handy, so you can put out the fire easily if you need to.
  • Do NOT leave your burning fire pit unattended.

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