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News Release – Open Air Burn Bylaw

September 30, 2019

News Release                                                                                                 September 30, 2019

For Immediate Release

Fire Department

Hastings Highlands, ON, Canada


The Hastings Highlands Fire Department would like to remind residents of the provisions of the open-air burning bylaw, which ensures open air burning is conducted safely.

“Many people think now that summer is over, that daytime fires are permitted”, explained Fire Prevention Officer Dwayne Meharrie. “However, no person shall ignite a fire between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., during the period from April 1st to October 31st.”

There are many key points in the open-air burning bylaw that residents need to be aware of…

  • 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, no bigger than 60cm in diameter for cooking and warmth, maple syrup operations and farm meat processing and preparation.
  • 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.
  • no person shall continue to burn when wind conditions or other factors cause any or all the following: (a) a decrease in visibility on any highway or roadway; (b) a rapid spread of fire through grass or brush areas.
  • no person shall set out an open fire during a restricted fire zone or a municipal fire ban.
  • 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.

“Whether in the backyard of your home, the cottage or the campground, make fire safety a priority,” explains Fire Prevention Officer Meharrie. “Open-air burning, especially if left unattended, can become difficult to control and can result in a serious widespread fire.

Every owner shall ensure that all open-air burning on their land complies with the by-law. Failure to comply could result in fines plus cost incurred.

Always keep fire safety in mind, contact the Hastings Highlands Fire Department for more information or any questions you have about our open-air burning requirements.

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For more information, contact:

Dwayne Meharrie

Fire Prevention Officer 705-828-1968