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Current Fire Ban Status - No Restriction

Fire Permits are required year round for open burning anywhere in the county. Safe campfires are allowed without a permit in approved backyard fire pits, campgrounds and backcountry or random camping areas. Apply for a current Fire Permit online or see one of our Fire Guardians at the Town of Tofield, Beaver County Office, Village of Ryley, Town of Holden, Bruce Shell, BESC Head Quarters or 50th Street Auto in Viking.

Fire Hazard Risk Status - Moderate

The Fire Hazard is MODERATE in Beaver County. Wildfires can start from most accidental causes and spread moderately through dry brush and grasses.Ground crews should be able to contain a wildfire with minimal support from heavy equipment and aircraft.
Wildfires not suppressed immediately can still become expensive to extinguish later.

About Beaver Emergency Services


Welcome to Beaver Emergency Services Commission

The Beaver Emergency Services Commission is a regional partnership between the towns of Tofield, Viking, villages of Holden, Ryley and Beaver County, Alberta for set up for the administration and delivery of fire and emergency management services. Commission headquarters are located in Viking, Alberta in the lower level of the Town Office.

The Beaver Emergency Services Commission manages the administration and oversees operations of volunteer fire departments in each of the towns of Tofield and Viking, the villages of Ryley and Holden, and the hamlets of Bruce and Kinsella. Fire Department operations in each of the towns and villages are managed by a District Fire Chief and many dedicated volunteer firefighters.

Beaver Emergency Services Commission

Burning Un-harvested crops

New Fire Permit Conditions for Burning Un-harvested Crops

Due to the large quantity of un-harvested crops remaining in fields, to minimize the possibliity of wildfire the Beaver Emergency Services Commission has added new conditions to fire permits.

Before you decide to burn, please review your options. This Alberta Agriculture information offers some good tips.

The new conditions are outlined in Policy 2(A) - Stubble Burning and require the following:

  • Written confirmation of liability insurance for burning.
  • Minimum 50 foot cultivated fire guard around burn area.
  • Two adults to be in attendance at all times during the burn.
  • Maximum of 40 acres burned at one time.
  • Tractors and field implements at the field during the burn.
  • Winds must be under 10km/hr during the burn.
  • Smoke from burn cannot create a public hazard.
  • If burning within 1/2 mile of a Provincial highway, smoke hazard signs must be posted.
  • BESC must be notified by phone at least one hour prior to burning - (1-866-663-3730)

The permitee is total responsible for the safe control of any authorized burning.

For more information, please contact BESC at 1-866-663-3730.

Volunteers Needed!

We need you! Through unwavering vigilance, rigorous training and unquestionable dedication, the Volunteer Firefighters of BESC work to serve and ensure the safety of every person in the county.

Local Links

www.vbfcss.com Viking Family Community Support Services

www.fcss-trbc.com Tofield Family Community Support Services

Viking Medical Clinic - Kalyna County Primary Care Network

Safety Links

Safety Tips - Alberta Fire Commissioner

Fire Protection - NFPA

Fire Safety - Alberta Emergency Management

Senior Safety - Finding Balance Campaign


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