Use of the following items is prohibited during a fire ban:

Wood burning campfire

Charcoal, briquette, or wood barbecues

Turkey fryers

Tiki torches

Outdoor wood burning stove including cooking shelters

If you are unsure, please ask a Parks Canada staff member
Use of the following items is permitted during a fire ban:
Gas or propane stoves and barbecues
Propane, catalytic, or infrared/radiant heaters
Propane or gas lanterns
Use of the following items is permitted during a fire ban, with conditions:
Portable propane Firepits - prohibited at overflow campgrounds
Portable propane Firepits - prohibited at overflow campgrounds
Indoor wood burning stove - in fully enclosed buildings and must be CSA or UL certified
Indoor wood burning stove - in fully enclosed buildings and must be CSA or UL certified

How to safely enjoy a campfire when a fire ban is not in effect

When a fire ban is not in effect, you can safely enjoy a campfire in Banff National Park by following these guidelines:

  • Keep campfires small, and only in designated fire pits or boxes. Fires must be attended to at all times.
  • Completely extinguish campfires with water. Before leaving it, soak it, stir it, and soak it again until it is cool to the touch.
  • Campers are required to purchase a fire permit before using fire pits in road-accessible campgrounds. Campfires are not permitted during quiet hours (11 pm to 7 am).
  • Campfires are not allowed in some backcountry campgrounds. Check the backcountry camping information or ask at a Parks Canada visitor centre before setting out on your hike.

Be fire safe and follow these rules

  • Never leave a flame unattended.
  • Use equipment that is CSA or UL certified. Look for these symbols or check with the store where it was purchased.
  • Do not throw cigarettes on the ground. Put them out and discard in a bin.
  • Report any wildfires, illegal campfires or suspicious smoke to Parks Canada Emergency Dispatch: 403-762-4506.

Frequently asked questions

What is a fire ban?

A fire ban is a legal restriction on certain types of fires to prevent human-caused wildfires. In a national park, burning illegally could lead to a fine of up to $25,000.

How does the park decide if a fire ban is needed?

Fire bans are based on local fire hazards, current and forecasted weather conditions, the amount of moisture in vegetation, the regional wildfire situation and the availability of responders and equipment.

Current and forecasted conditions are evaluated on a daily basis.

What is fire danger?

Fire danger is an index that tells us how easily a fire could start, how difficult a fire may be to control and how long a fire might burn.

Fire ban status is determined by long term trends rather than daily weather or fire danger.

Why is there a fire ban even though it is cold and rainy?

It takes a lot of rain to restore moisture to deep soil layers, trees, and logs that have dried out. Rain quickly evaporates when followed by warm temperatures and wind. This means fire danger can quickly return to high or extreme.

The regional wildfire situation may be more active. It is important for Parks Canada not to have human-caused fires that may divert resources from active wildfires in other areas.

Does a provincial fire ban apply to national parks?

No, regulations and conditions such as weather, elevation and forest health are not always the same in the province and national parks.

For more information on fire bans within the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia, please visit:

Where can I have a fire once a fire ban is lifted?

When fires are allowed, they must be in metal fire pits or boxes provided by Parks Canada. Random fires are never allowed.

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