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Town of Blind River Outdoor Burning Regulations

The Ontario Fire Code (2.6.2.4.) prohibits all open air burning except for small confined cooking fires and other fires that have been “approved” by the Fire Chief. This pamphlet describes the policy by which limited open air burning may be permitted.

Open Air Burning

Any fire set outside, other than on a small confined grill, while being used to cook food.

Campfires, brush/leaves, and construction site fires are examples of open air burning and require at burning permit. Burning Permits are available at the Town Hall for $5.00.

Do you know that Open Air Burning requires a permit from the Fire Chief? The fire can’t be any larger than 1 metre x 1 metres x 1 metres (3 ft. x 3 ft. x 3 ft.). You must have a minimum of 10 metres (30 ft.) clearance from any structure, hedge, fence or anything combustible.

You must stay with the fire at all times until it is completely extinguished, and you must provide a means of extinguishment.

Be mindful of your neighbour, you cannot maintain a fire when the direction of the wind may cause either reduced visibility on a roadway or excessive smoke or an odour that may cause discomfort to persons in the immediate area and the fire must be out by sunset.

Check with your local fire department, municipality, or Ministry of Natural Resources to determine whether open air burning is permitted before having a campfire or burning brush. If open burning is allowed, fires should be built on bare soil or on exposed rock. Remove leaves and twigs from around the fire to keep it from spreading. Always keep a bucket of water, sand, or even a shovel close by and supervise the fire at all times.

Prohibited Materials

The following items are prohibited materials under the Burning By-law and shall not be burnt: “industrial materials, such as automobile and truck bodies, tires, oil, grease, paint, cloth, rags, plastics, shingles, dry wall, insulation, painted or treated wood, animal fecal deposits or manure, animal carcasses, domestic waste such as food scraps, cloth, rags, clothing and household plastics and flammable or combustible liquids or accelerants”.

Exemptions

A recreational fire (including steel or cast iron fire boxes) does not require a permit. The fire cannot be larger than 0.6 metres x 0.6 metres x 0.6 metres (2ft x 2 ft. x 2 ft.) and is used for entertainment purposes.

Watch the intensity of the wind and smoke and the fire must be extinguished by 7:00 a.m.

Burning Bans

At certain times of the year and as conditions warrant, the Fire Chief may issue a complete ban on open air burning. When a ban is issued ALL open air burning is prohibited.

Penalties

Persons violating the Ontario Fire Code may be prosecuted under the Fire Protection and Prevention Act. Conviction may result in a fine up to $25,000 dollars for an individual and $50,000 for a Corporation. Failure to comply with any provisions of this article may result in having your privilege revoked, or being charged under the Ontario Fire Code, and/or being charged $410.00 per hour for each responding vehicle, or all the above.

The person requesting permission for Open Air Burning assumes full responsibility for conducting Open Burning in accordance with the following safety measures and common sense:

  • No person shall set or maintain any fire on any land or premise without the consent of the owner of such land or premise.
  • No person shall set any fire unless it is contained in a manner that will control the spread of fire.
  • All open fires must be under constant watch at all times and must have on hand sufficient equipment to keep the fire under control.
  • No person shall set or maintain any fire involving prohibited materials.
  • No person shall set or maintain an open fire during daytime hours 7am to 7pm.
  • No person shall set or maintain a fire that burns within an area greater than 1 metres x 1 metres x 1.2 metres (3 ft. x 3 ft. x 3 ft.).
  • No person shall set or maintain a fire, at a distance of less than 10 metres (10 feet) from any building, structure, hedge, fence or a combustible material of any kind.
  • No person shall set or maintain a fire, when the direction or intensity of the wind may cause any of the following:

Open Burning can Cause Air Pollution

Smoke and odours from open fires can aggravate respiratory conditions, soil property, reduce visibility and generally lesson the enjoyment of property. Section 14 of the Environmental Protection Act reads, in part, “Despite any provisions of this Act or the Regulations, no person shall discharge a contaminant or cause or permit the discharge of a contaminant into the natural environment that causes or is likely to cause an adverse effect

Please check Town of Blind River By-Law 2186 for more information on Open Air Burning.