Services & Departments
The Open Air Burning By-Law governs open burning the Municipality of Hastings Highlands and closely parallels the Forest Fire Prevention Act.
Link to open burning by-law: Open Air Burning Bylaw 2017-030
Open Burning Guidelines (from the above By-Law)
3. OPEN FIRES
3.1 No person shall ignite an open fire, from between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., during the period from April 1 to October 31, which is the Fire Season. Exceptions include: a small campfire for cooking and warmth, maple syrup operations and farm meat processing and preparation.
3.2 A person capable of containing or extinguishing a fire may burn; piled wood, brush, or discarded wood by-products provided:
(a) The fire is ignited at 7:00 p.m. or later and is extinguished at 7:00 a.m. or earlier;
(b) The fire is tended by a person capable of extinguishing the fire until the fire is out;
(c) The pile is less than 2 meters in height and less than 2 meters in diameter;
(d) The fire is at least 5 meters from any combustible materials;
(e) The person capable of extinguishing the fire has adequate tools and water and human resources to contain the fire.
3 .3 A person capable of containing or extinguishing a fire may burn grass and leaves provided:
(a) The fire is tended by a person capable of extinguishing the fire until it is out;
b} The area to be burned is less than 1 hectare;
(c) The length of burning edge is less than 10 meters;
(d) The fire is ignited at 7:00 p.m. or later, and is extinguished by 7:00 a.m. or earlier;
(e) The person capable of extinguishing the fire has adequate tools, human resources and water to contain the fire.
3.4 Notwithstanding 3.2 and 3.3 above, no person shall set out an open fire during a restricted fire zone or a municipal fire ban.
3.5 Notwithstanding 3.2 and 3.3 above, no person shall continue to burn when wind conditions or other factors cause any or all of the following:
(a) a decrease in visibility on any highway or roadway;
(b) a rapid spread of fire through grass or brush areas;
(c) an adverse effect on neighbouring lands or persons.
3.6 Any person setting out an open fire is responsible for the care and control and containment of the said fire until it is completely extinguished. Persons setting out any fire within the Municipality of Hastings Highlands shall ensure that they can, if needed, summon assistance from the Municipality of Hastings Highlands Fire Department without delay and that adequate means of extinguishing the fire are available at the site at all times during the fire and, in particular, that the firefighting materials shall be available where prescribed at all times during the fire.
3. 7 any fire out of control shall be reported to the fire department by calling 911. A person who sets out an open fire and loses control of the said fire is required by this by-law to report the fire and loss of control to the fire department immediately by calling 911.
3.8 The Chief Fire Official is authorized to order any person to extinguish any fire or to cause such a fire to be extinguished when there is a breach of any provisions of this by-law, or, where in the opinion of the Chief Fire Official, there is a danger of such fire spreading or causing the spread of fire or otherwise endangering life or property, and the person shall comply with any such order.
3 .9 A person setting out a fire contrary to the provisions of this bylaw shall immediately extinguish such fire and a person setting out a fire which they may be unable to prevent from spreading shall immediately extinguish such fire, and in default of doing so, this municipality may do so at that person's expense and this municipality may recover the expense in doing so by action, or the same may be recovered in like manner as municipal taxes.
3.10 Notwithstanding any other Section of this Bylaw, the Fire Chief or Deputy Fire Chief or designate may authorize a controlled burn of brush piles at a Municipal Landfill Site provided that, in their judgment, (1) weather conditions are favorable to open air burning, (2) there are competent Municipal employee(s) on had to perform the controlled burn, (3) that the perimeter of the area to be burned has been cleared of flammable material.
4. INCINERATORS / BURN BARRELS
4.1 The installation, use and maintenance of incinerators for the burning of wood like materials, paper and other Class "A" materials within the Municipality of Hastings Highlands will only be pursuant to the following criteria:
(a) Incineration must be undertaken through the use of an enclosed device and;
(b) Incinerators must be located at least 5 meters from any forest or any building and;
(c) Incinerators must be located at least 2 meters from any combustible material and;
(d) Incinerators must be covered by mesh less than 5 millimeters in size and;
(e) Incinerators are subject to all the provisions of Part 3 - Open Air Burning and:
(f) Incinerators shall not be used during a municipal fire ban.
4.2 No person shall have an open fire in an incinerator / burn barrel in any built up area.
Fire Department Operations
The fire service in Hastings Highlands are provided by seventy five (75) volunteer firefighters who are managed by a full-time Fire Chief and Fire Admin Coordinator.
The Municipality operates six (6) fire stations locations are as follow:
Station 1-Herschel South Fire Hall - 573 South Baptiste Lake Road
Station 2-Herschel North Fire Hall - 9 Paradise Landing Road
Station 3-Monteagle Fire Hall - 3205 Musclow-Greenview Road
Station 4-Maynooth Fire Hall - 41 Old Hastings Road
Station 5-Lake St Peter Fire Hall - 2356 Hwy 127
Station 6-Bangor Fire Hall - 785 Centreview Road
For emergency Fire Calls, the number is always 911
Fire Department Documents
- Test Your Smoke Alarms Today2018-10-04
- Fire Chief / Service Information for Immediate Release2018-06-27
- Sky Lanterns BANNED in Hastings Highlands2017-05-25
- Burning Bylaw 2017-030 (pdf)2017-05-03
- Summer Fireworks Lantern Safety2016-07-08
- Bylaw 2015-097 Amended Fee Schedule (pdf)2015-11-18
- Request For Service Form re: Fire Dept2015-02-09
- Hastings Highlands Emergency Plan (pdf)2006-08-30
- Burning Guidelines (pdf)2006-07-27