Fires, Fire Advisories and Fire Bans

Fires, Fire Advisories and Fire Bans


A Fire Advisory has been updated for the Summer Village of Sandy Beach effective Fall 2022.

Sturgeon County (Morinville) provides fire response services & ALL FIRE CALL OUTS will have a charge which ultimately will be added to your tax roll - as much as $2,000 - make sure you have insurance.  The Village pays the bill up front when the County invoice us and then recover it against the roll.  You will not be notified in advance of this charge but will receive correspondence with a copy of the invoice and a 90 day period to pay it.  Faulty fire alarms are at the owners beck and call.  

As DRY conditions with moderate to stronger 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 owners must have sufficient fire suppression available on site and fires 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 conditions 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 or fire event.

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.

Fire Screens

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 : Sturgeon County

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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EMERGENCY RESPONSE Public Service charges

Please note that any emergency response from our First FIRE Responder (Sturgeon County Fire Department - whether fire or medical assistance) will result in a public service charge ($1,000 to $2,400 range) that will be paid by the municipality first (upon receipt) and then charged back to the property roll.  As soon as the invoice is received the charge will be added to your roll (standard accounting practice) and then a letter will be sent to you as a owner stating you have 90 days to pay the invoice from the day you receive the letter - make sure you have appropriate insurance which covers these type of costs as the charge from Sturgeon County will be paid to maintain a good standing relationship with our service provider and ensure ALL residents can access these services when there is an emergency. 

As soon as you pay your invoice your roll will be cleared of the charge. 

Its best to pay the invoice as soon as your receive it and then claim through your insurance.

Make sure any tenants or rentals are aware of these possible charges 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. 

Please make sure your tenants are aware that the public service charge also relates to medical assistance that involves a Fire response/assistance from Sturgeon County.

Sandy Beach kindly thank you for your cooperation.



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