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Backyard Burning Restrictions - October 15 to November 15, 2012
October 15, 2012Please be aware of the Fire Protection Bylaw (link located below).
Backyard burning is permitted in all zones from March 15 to April 15 and October 15 to November 15 with the following restrictions:
- NO fire may be burned that produces heavy smoke or fumes, interferes with the normal use or enjoyment of life or property, endangers the health, safety, or welfare of persons or animals, or damages plants or property.
- ONLY burn when the ventilation index is "good" (listed on Environment Canadas website reported by the Meteorological Service link at the bottom of this document).
- Fires must be a minimum of 10 metres (33 feet) from all property lines (this requires approximately a ½ acre lot) and 4 metres (13 feet) from any structures or flammable or combustible material (see diagram).
- Fires may only burn during daylight hours.
- Only one hand piled fire per property permitted at a time.
- The fire may not be more than 2 metres (6.5 feet) in diameter and 2 metres (6.5 feet) in height.
- Burned material must be from the land where the fire is located.
- Only untreated natural wood and brush may be burned.
- NO burning of any chemical or material including oil, tar, rubber, plastic, or fertilizer or any construction or demolition waste, treated wood, grass, leaves or materials referred to as garbage or refuse.
Please remember there must be fire fighting equipment available on hand including at least one shovel, rake and garden hose connected to a water source.
To view the Backyard Burning & Yard Waste brochure, follow the appropriate link below.
To view the Backyard Burning information on our website, follow the appropriate link below.
Fire Protection Bylaw, No. 3340
Environment Canada Website - Ventilation Index
Backyard Burning & Yard Waste Brochure
Backyard Burning & Yard Waste Website Information