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Open Air Burning

Open air burning means a fire ignited out of doors that is intended to dispose of material such as wood, timber, brush, lumber, grass, leaves, etc. 

In the event the Fire Department is requested to respond to an “open air burning” related incident, and the burning is not within the suggested guidelines, fees may be issued to the property owner.

It is the property owners’ responsibility to ensure the minimum requirements are in place prior to burning, including, but not limited to:

  • Fire is contained in a pit
  • Materials to be burned must be limited to dry wood or by-products of wood
  • Pit is a maximum of one meter in diameter
  • Pit is a minimum of ten meters from any buildings, overhead wires and combustible vegetation
  • Means of extinguishment is on site
  • Fire is supervised at all times by a competent person
  • Fire is completely extinguished when it is not being supervised

The Fire Department should be notified prior to the ignition of any outdoor fires, to ensure fire bans are not in place due to poor air quality or extremely dry conditions.

The Town does not have an Open Air Burning By-law or require open air burning permits. 

However, smoke, odour, particulates, soot, ash, dust or any other material that is generated by open air burning and that has drifted onto another property falls under The Town’s Public Nuisance By-law, and By-law Enforcement will respond to such concerns on a complaint basis.

Please note that the Public Nuisance By-law does not apply to any normal farm practice.

Dial 911 for all other fire related emergencies.



Contacts

Chief Fire Prevention Officer
519-599-3131 x105

Documents

By-laws