Fire Ban

A fire ban is currently in effect for all fires exceeding 1 cubic metre (3 feet by 3 feet by 3 feet) in size, from June 15 to July 15. It may possibly be extended to August 15. All existing burn permits are suspended for the duration of the fire ban. No new burn permits will be issued.

When is a Burn Permit Necessary?

It is mandatory to be in possession of a burning permit if any open-air fire is bigger than one (1) cubic metre (3 feet by 3 feet).

Form and Fees

Applications for burn permits are available online or at the Town Hall.

The permit fee is $50.00 for a period of 90 days.

Fine

People setting open-air fires or brush fires without a permit (or if the fire burns out of control) will be charged a user fee if the Fire Department responds or may be subject to a fine under the Provincial Offences Act.

Criteria for an open fire less than one cubic metre

  • An open-air fire shall be used to burn only dry firewood.
  • An open-air fire shall be located at a minimum distance of 5 metres (16 feet) from any part of a main building, any rear or side lot line or property limit, any tree, hedge, fence, overhead wiring and any combustible material.

Outdoor Fireplace

If the base of the open-air fire cannot be located at a minimum of 5 metres (16 feet), the open-air fire shall be contained within an outdoor fireplace, which reduces the minimum distances to 2 metres (6 feet).

The outdoor fireplace shall be a manufactured, non-burnable, enclosed container designed to hold a small fire for decorative purposes, which does not exceed 1 cubic metre in size, includes a chimney and a spark arrestor.

The outdoor fireplace must be located on a non-burnable surface (stone, brick, concrete, etc.).