Open Air Burning

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

Guidelines for “open-air burning” are listed below. If you require further information, please contact the Blue Mountains Fire Department during normal business hours. If in place, Open Air Burning restrictions will be posted to the News & Notices page. 


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 that fire bans are not in place due to poor air quality or extremely dry conditions. To notify the Fire Department, please call 519-599-3131 ext. 102 or email Fire Services.


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  Public Nuisance By-law, and By-law Enforcement will respond to such concerns on a complaint basis.

If the Fire Department is requested to respond to an “open-air burning” related incident, and the burning is not within the guidelines, user fees in accordance with the Collection and Fees Charge By-law 2021-15 Emergency Response Services B.3 may be issued to the property owner. Fees include an apparatus rate of $488.40 per hour and a labour rate of $50.00 per firefighter per hour.  

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