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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

Firefighters Busy


Extremely dry conditions and strong winds have resulted in area firefighters responding to a variety of fires in the district.

Early last week, Tuesday, Sept. 24, a fire at RR 125 and TWP 480, east of Viking (above) saw three fire stations on scene.

Regional Fire Chief and Regional Director of Emergency Management Beaver Emergency Services Commission, Cindy Conroy, said firefighters from Bruce, Viking, and Kinsella, responded to the Viking call and after three hours on the scene had the burn under control and turned the property back to the land owner.


The cause of the fire has not been determined.

"It has been a busy time for the Region," Chief Conroy said.

She said Thursday, Sept, 26, firefighters from two stations, Viking and Kinsella, responded to a vehicle fire to find a tractor and bailer burning.

Monday, Sept 23 the Tofield station was called to a coal fire which was contained in a bin.

Ryley firefighters dealt with two wildland (stubble and grass) fires.

Chief Conroy said firefighters from Tofield assisted by crews from Holden , were called out to another grass fire on Thursday, Sept 26.

A number of area farmers have commented on the dry conditions and how quickly a fire can start when harvest machinery works.

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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