Open Fires and Burn permits
Open burns are permitted in the rural areas of the Township under strict guidelines from the fire department. Before burning the resident shall call the Fire Department and the Fire Chief, Deputy Chief or District Chief will visit the location and inspect the burn pile and what is to be burnt. The Fire Officer will issue a permit for a set amount of time or may refuse if the pile contains items not allowed to be burned. To obtain a burn permit call fire administration 519-699-3956
Policy for issuing permits for open-air fires
- Fire Chief or designate must inspect site of burn and material to be burnt.
- Fire Chief or designate must determine if it is reasonable or practical to transport the material to the landfill. If it is reasonable or practical to transport material to a landfill site a burn permit will not be issued.
- Permits will be issued to small piles only. No pile larger than fifteen feet (15') in diameter and eight feet (8') high.
- Permits will be issued to burn clean dry wood only.
- Burning material other than clean dry wood is prohibited. Materials prohibited include treated, painted, or laminated wood, tires, rubber, plastic, asphalt, foam, insulation, cardboard, cloth, leaves, grass, vegetation or any other toxic or non-toxic material prohibited by the Environment Protection Act.
- Fire must be supervised at all times.
- Sufficient water/other fire retardant equipment must be readily available to keep fire under control.
- Permits are issued for day light hours only
- Permits are void on smog days or when weather conditions such as wind, fog, lack of rain, dry grass or other conditions make open-air burning unsafe.
- Fire must be extinguished immediately if smoke interferes with neighbours or by order of the fire chief.