Burning Regulations

Burning Regulations

Make sure you know the rules for outdoor fires and follow safe practices. Each year dozens of residents and cottagers across Ontario lose structures and property to fire caused by careless burning. Your Fire Department would like to remind you that outdoor burning regulations are enforced between April 1 and October 31. If you burn, follow these steps:

Choose a safe time

Any fire is most likely to get out of control on a hot, dry or windy day. Burn during the coolest dampest and calmest time of day. Two hours before sunset, or later, and extinguish two hours after sunrise. Don’t even consider burning when it is windy. Be aware that in the spring after the snow melts and before the grass and buds have started to grow, it is extremely hazardous to burn.

Choose a safe site

If you are burning an area of grass or leaves, make sure the area is surrounded by a fireproof boundary. Roads, ditches or ploughed ground provide good barriers against fire spread. Your fire should be at least 18 meters (50 ft) away from any structure or forest debris that might catch fire.

Put that fire out

Remember, coals can smolder for hours and hot embers can be blown by the wind, easily setting fire to dry grass or twigs. Drown hot coals thoroughly, and then cover with sand or gravel.

Stay in control of your fire

Many injuries are caused by careless use of flammable materials and underestimating fire behaviour. Never use gasoline to start your fire as it is highly explosive. A responsible person must be available to tend the fire at all times, even if it is contained in an incinerator. You must have adequate tools (shovel, rake) and water on hand to control the fire if it begins to spread. Use caution around hydro poles and be aware of overhead and underground cables. Be sure your fire does not cause irritation or inconvenience to your neighbours.

Keep your fire small

Small fires can be controlled by one person using hand tools and water. When burning piles of wood, brush or wood by-products, make sure it’s less than 2m (6.5 ft) high and 2m (6.5 ft) in diameter. Keep your fires limited to one pile burning per acre. Burning an open field is not a good idea, but if it is necessary, make sure you have the equipment and people available to do it safely.

DON’T BURN DURING THE DAY!

It is your responsibility to be aware of the Rules, Regulations and By-laws pertaining to outdoor burning in this area. Your municipality follows the provisions of the Forest Fire Prevention Act. The OPP and MNR have the authority to lay charges if you are found negligent.

At any time the MNR or Fire Department may ban or restrict outdoor burning in this area until further notice. Be aware that if a forest fire results because you have used fire improperly, you could be held responsible for the cost of putting out the fire and any property damage that may occur.

If you have any further questions or if you would like a description of an approved incinerator [PDF: 119 KB], please call the Calvin Municipal Office 705-744-2700. A copy of the Burning By-law is available at www.calvintownship.ca or upon request from the Municipal Office.