Fire Pits

Fire Pits are permitted in the City of Red Deer provided the following conditions are met.
  1. Always check if a Fire Ban is in effect before starting a backyard fire.
  2. Burn only clean, dry, untreated wood or charcoal. (No yard waste.)
  3. A competent person must remain in charge of the fire at all times.
  4. Flames are not to exceed one meter in height.
  5. A means of thoroughly extinguishing the fire is available, ie: garden hose.
  6. The fire does not create a nuisance to any other person.
  7. The fire does not create a risk of damage to people or property.
  8. Ensure that the fire is extinguished leaving only cold ashes before supervision of the fire ends.
  9. Fire pits must meet the following requirements:
    • a minimum of three meters clearance shall be maintained from buildings, property lines, trees, overhead power lines, combustible fences or any combustible material;
    • installations must have enclosed sides made from bricks, concrete blocks, or heavy gauge metal, or other suitable non-combustible components;
    • has an open flame area not exceeding one meter at its widest point;
    • does not have walls which exceed .75 meters in height measured from the floor of the fire pit to the top of the wall excluding any chimney
    • is set into bare ground or other noncombustible surface;
    • a spark arrestor mesh screen of 12 mm (1/2 inch) expanded metal (or equivalent) to contain sparks shall be provided over the fire.

Fire Permit Bylaw (pdf)