Burn Notifications and Permits

Guidance:

By getting a Burn Notification Number, you will help make sure that firefighters don’t respond unnecessarily to controlled burns in your community. Also, when you contact the local SPSA Protection Area Office, they can let you know if conditions are such that your community should postpone the burn.

Under new regulations, these notifications have replaced burning permits.

For details about the new regulations, including exemptions for small fires, go to the Open Burning Synopsis.

Eligibility:

If your community plans to burn in a provincial forest, in park land, or any quarter section wholly or partly within 4.5 kilometres of a provincial forest during the wildfire season, from April 1 to October 31, you must get a Burn Notification Number.

How To Apply:

Get your free burn notification number by contacting your local SPSA Protection Area Office during business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. When you call, have the following information ready:

  • Name of community responsible;
  • Contact number(s);
  • Mailing address;
  • Email address (if applicable);
  • Burn location(s); and
  • Purpose of the burn.

After your community obtains a Burn Notification Number, please call the Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency and Fire Safety’s Control Burn number, 1-866-404-4911, to let them know about your burn. This will help avoid unnecessary dispatches or firefighting resources to controlled fires.

Apply:

Call your local Protection Area Office and get your notification number.

Further Information:

Burn Notification Numbers expire at the end of the day following the day of issue. For brush piles only (defined in regulation as not less than two metres in height and three metres in diameter), the Burn Notification Number will expire at the end of the fourth day after the day of issue. All fires must be extinguished by the expiry date and time.

Remember: It’s Your Fire

Whether your community needs a Burn Notification Number or not, anyone who starts an open fire that spreads, or is likely to spread, is liable for the ministry’s costs to control the fire. Your fire is your responsibility.

MORE RESOURCES

Open Burning Synopsis
This two-page document outlines Open Burning Legislation, Burn Notification Number information, and SPSA Protection Area Office contacts.

Best Practices for Open Burning
Any person who starts a fire is responsible for all suppression costs and possible liability from damage caused by the fire. If you do decide to burn, choose to do so under conditions that minimize health and safety risks.

Response Centre Areas and Protection Areas
This map shows the location and contact information for SPSA Protection Area Offices.

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