When a fire ban is called in Wheatland County, it will be categorized as either an Advisory, Restriction, or full Ban. Each of these categories includes a specific list of activities that are prohibited and permitted.
A TOTAL FIRE BAN occurs when the fire hazard in the area is extreme. Large erratic-behaving wildfires can start quickly and spread extremely fast through dry grass or slash. This type of fire could escalate with any type of wind. Only gas or propane fire pits, camping stoves, and barbecues; internal household fireplaces; and infrared or catalytic style heaters are permitted to be used. NO EXTERNAL BURNING IS PERMITTED.
A FIRE BAN RESTRICTION occurs when the fire hazard in the area is severe. Wildfires can start easily from most causes especially unattended campfires and cooking fires. Wildfires may become serious and difficult to control if not successfully contained while small. OUTDOOR BURNING IS ONLY PERMITTED WITHIN APPROVED FIRE PITS OR APPROVED BURNING APPLIANCES LOCATED IN DESIGNATED RECREATIONAL AREAS.
A FIRE BAN ADVISORY occurs when the fire hazard in the area is moderate. Wildfires can start from most accidental causes and spread moderately through dry brush and grasses. Fire crews should be able to contain a wildfire with minimal support. Wildfires not suppressed immediately can still become very serious fires. OUTDOOR BURNING IS PERMITTED WITHIN APPROVED FIRE PITS OR APPROVED BURNING APPLIANCES LOCATED IN DESIGNATED RECREATIONAL AREAS. Incinerators, burning barrels, and solid fuel barbecues are also permitted.
A Fire Ban is lifted when the fire hazard in the area is low. Wildfires do not readily ignite, unless from a more intense heat source such as lightning. Weather and fuel conditions lead to low intensity and relatively easy to control fires. However, caution should always be taken with any type of burning. Fire permits and fire works permits will only be issued when no bans are active.
Our Fire Bans are applicable to only our County. Other jurisdictions and Provincial Parks will have their own regulations. Check before you burn!