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Open Air Burning

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise residents that open air burning restrictions have been lifted.  Residents are reminded that the open air burning guildelines as outlined below must be followed at all times.

Open air burning means a fire ignited out of doors that is intended to dispose of material such as wood, timber, brush, lumber, grass, leaves, etc. 

In the event the Fire Department is requested to respond to an “open air burning” related incident, and the burning is not within the suggested guidelines, fees may be issued to the property owner.

If you require further information, please contact the Blue Mountains Fire Department during normal business hours at 519-599-5411 ext 102 or review our Open Air Burning Notice in Documents. 

It is the property owners’ responsibility to ensure the minimum requirements are in place prior to burning, including, but not limited to:

  • Fire is contained in a pit
  • Materials to be burned must be limited to dry wood or by-products of wood
  • Pit is a maximum of one meter in diameter
  • Pit is a minimum of ten meters from any buildings, overhead wires and combustible vegetation
  • Means of extinguishment is on site
  • Fire is supervised at all times by a competent person
  • Fire is completely extinguished when it is not being supervised

The Fire Department should be notified prior to the ignition of any outdoor fires which would not be considered a typical backyard campfire.  This notification process is to ensure fire bans are not in place due to poor air quality or extremely dry conditions.

To notify the Fire Department, please call 519-599-5411 ext. 102.

The Town does not have an Open Air Burning By-law or require open air burning permits. 

However, smoke, odour, particulates, soot, ash, dust or any other material that is generated by open air burning and that has drifted onto another property falls under The Town’s Public Nuisance By-law, and By-law Enforcement will respond to such concerns on a complaint basis.

Please note that the Public Nuisance By-law does not apply to any normal farm practice.

Dial 911 for all other fire related emergencies.


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Contacts

Fire Chief
519-599-3131 x103

Fire Administration & Emergency Management
519-599-3131 x101

Fire Prevention
519-599-3131 x105

Documents

By-laws