Fire Permit Required:
The Municipal District of Peace No.135 requires Fire Permits from April 1st to October 31st each year only in certain areas of the Municipality as indicated in green on Fire Permit Area – Schedule A Bylaw 17 2018. If you require a permit, please phone the Municipal office at 780-338-3845. If a permit is required, we will complete a Fire Permit Request Form for the CAO to issue a Fire Permit. A copy of the Request Form is attached here. Fire Permit Request Form.
Fire Permit Not Required:
If you are wishing to burn brush piles NOT located in the Fire Permit Area, please:
- Phone the MD office to notify them of your burn
- If the fire will be located within 2 miles of a numbered highway, you will need smoke signs posted. Call Alberta Transportation at 780-624-6280 or LaPrairie Grimshaw at 780-332-4452 for signage.
- Contact our fire department’s dispatch at 780-538-0393 and advise them of:
a) your legal location where burning is occurring
b) the date you will be starting the fires
c) how long you expect the fires to burn
d) your name and phone number for future contact.
(This information may prevent unnecessary trips by our volunteer fire departments.)
4. It is recommended that there be a water source available at the burn site as well.
Burning Brush Piles Policy
The MD has policy ADM 16 Burning Brush Piles in place if you are planning on burning brush piles within 2 miles of a numbered highway, particularly during the winter months when smoke tends to hang in the air. Please review.
MD Fire Department
The MD has 1 volunteer fire department that provides fire protection services to the residents of the Municipality and now has an agreement in place with the Town of Grimshaw whereby its fire department services the area between RR241 and the Town of Peace River boundaries. The Town of Grimshaw and the MD purchased a 2016 Freightliner fire pumper which is stored at the Grimshaw Fire Hall. The MD and Town received a Community Partnership grant to partially pay for the tanker, with the MD of Peace supplying the remaining funds.
Brownvale Fire Department – Fire Chief: Trevor Gerk. Provides fire protection to the MD from approximately Range Road 241 to the west edge. Current fire hall is located in Brownvale and was built in 1986.
Back in 1983, The Strong Creek Fire Department had been formed with the firehall built on land donated by Jim & Eileen Manzer on the SE27-83-22-W5 in 1988. Since the Strong Creek Fire Department no longer has volunteers to provide fire protection to the MD from Range 241 to the eastern edge, this area now serviced by the Grimshaw Fire Department under an agreement with the MD. In 2020, the firehall and land was returned to the Manzer family.
Berwyn Fire Department – Fire Chief: Scott Knuttila. Provides fire protection backup to Brownvale Fire Department. The Berwyn Firehall in Berwyn stores the MD fire pumper as well as Berwyn’s fire pumper.
The two fire departments are always looking for new members. Please contact the MD of Peace office at 780-338-3845 if you are interested in joining and we will provide you with the Fire Chief’s phone number. The MD pays a $17.00 per hour honorarium for the volunteer service.