Sandy Lake

Fires, Fire Advisories and Fire Bans


A Fire Advisory has been updated for the Summer Village of Sandy Beach effective early Summer 2021.

As DRY Spring conditions with strong winds persist, the Summer Village will not authorize Low Hazard Fire Permits (large pile burns).  Winds of over 15 kph is NOT conducive to recreational fires or pile burns and under the fire advisory ONLY back yard fires in designated fire pits (no open fires) with spark screens are allowed.

All back yard fires (when the weather permits) must be in designated fire pits only and have sufficient fire suppression available and must be monitored; fires must be adequately covered with a spark grill/screen and responsibly fed. 

All back yard fires (in designated fire pits only) and pile burns (if approved through a permit) must be fed slowly.  No open fires are allowed anywhere within the Village boundaries.

DO NOT leave your fire unattended, no matter what the weather is.

Recreational/Back Yard fire's does not require a fire permit but must be made in a industry standard approved fire pit with the appropriate setback of at least 15 feet from any structure and covered with a adequate spark grill or screen.

Do not leave your backyard fire unattended and stir, douse, stir, douse at the end of the night.

Currently Fire Permits for large pile burning will NOT be allowed neither with caution and nor continuous monitoring.

Burn barrels, cooking or warming fires in approved back yard fire pits ONLY are allowed subject to the conditions stated above and no permit is required.  A Fire Pit Spark Cover is a MUST - OPEN Fires except under permit conditional approval (like large pile burns) are NOT allowed.

Keep your Chimney closed with appropriate venting and install a spark arrester. 

Fireworks does NOT require a separate FIRE PERMIT BUT please take caution for low hazard fire works and follow your manufacturer's guidelines as posted on the package. 

Fire permit form (large slow feed pile burns ONLY)

YOUR BACKYARD FIRE (no permit required) MUST BE DOUSED at the end of the night - Water, Stir, Water, Stir, Water - NO Exceptions.

Spark screens look like this (below) and can be purchased online or at any appropriate goods store.

The Summer Village of Sandy Beach follows the Provincial Guidelines for fire and burning.

Sturgeon County is our fire responder, so the Village follow and/or monitor this County's fire information. 

Please familiarize yourself with its content here :

As we are geographically located within Lac Ste. Anne County we also pay close attention to their fire advisories: please familiarize yourself with its content on their website as a guide for regional recreational fire safety.

The following fire bylaw is in effect:

  1. Open Burning Bylaw 03-2013

In the event of a Fire Ban there will be a Fire Ban notice on the Village home page and Fire Ban signs will be posted on the Village Sign on Highway 642 entering from the east (Morinville) - these signs will be immediately removed after the ban has been lifted.  When a fire ban is in effect and the signs posted - NO FIRES are allowed in the Village boundaries - period.

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Please note that any emergency response from our First Responder will result in a public service charge ($1,000 to $2,400 range) that will be paid by the municipality first and then charged back to the property - make sure you have appropriate insurance which covers these type of costs - the charge will be added to your property tax roll number if it remains unpaid after 30 business days.  Make sure any tenants or rentals are aware of this as the responsibility is on occupants, tenants and owners to make sure they monitor and douse all back yard fires (only designated fire pits please), comply with fire ban regulations and set backs, and execute responsible fire burn actions. 

NO FIRES are allowed outside the confines of your backyard fire pit, which must comply with the appropriate set backs (15 ft) and dousing regulations.


Water, Stir, Water, Stir, Water - NO EXCEPTIONS.

ONLY fires in backyard pits and camping fire pits (build to specification) are allowed (no permit required) including small slow feed pile burns (if approved by permit) - NO other fires (like LARGE pile burns) or HIGH HAZARD Fireworks or any OPEN FIRE is allowed. 

You are only allowed to burn firewood in your BACK YARD and PIT FIRES ONLY and please BURN NO OTHER materials except fire wood.

Fire Pits must have proper cover in the form of a spark screen or grill covering all of the fire pit.  Please use appropriate fire appliances when the fire pit is in use like gloves and tongs and have a extinguisher handy.  Monitor the wind and weather conditions. 

If you are doing a LARGE pile burn you require a fire permit.  Apply here: (

Responsible Burning - Conditions and materials - NO EXCEPTIONS