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Burn Ban Status April 2:

Full Burn Ban has been lifted.

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The Ontario Fire Code prohibits all open air burning except for small confined cooking fires and other fires that have been "approved" by the Fire Chief. This summary describes By-law 10-137 under which limited open air burning may be permitted. 

Open Air Burning is any fire set outside, other than on a small confined grill. A construction site fire is an example of open air burning.

Fire Areas have been established to recognize that there are specific wards within the City of Quinte West where open air burning may be approved (i.e. by permit) under certain conditions. Open air burning cannot create hazardous situations or undue environmental risks. Quinte West is divided into four (4) Wards / Fire Areas, which include:

  1. Area "A" - includes all properties in Ward 1 (Trenton).
    Open air burning is not permitted as per By-Law 10-137.
  2. Area "B" - includes all properties in Ward 2 (Sidney).
    Open air burning is permitted subject to the requirements of By-Law 10-137.
  3. Area "C" - includes all properties in Ward 3 (Murray).
    Open air burning is permitted subject to the requirements of By-Law10-137.
  4. Area "D" - includes all properties in Ward 4 (Frankford).
    Open air burning is not permitted as per By-Law 10-137.

In addition, approval to conduct open air burning may be authorized on application to the Chief Fire Official for other cultural, religious or civic events subject to specific guidelines for the event.

Size and Location of Fire - The fire can be a maximum of three (3) metres X three (3) metres X three (3) metres and the material for the fire shall not, when burned, emit noxious or toxic smoke or gasses. The fire cannot be closer to any structure or building than 50 metres and 10 metres to any property line.  A permit must be obtained prior to setting this type of fire.

Exemptions - Certain small devices may be used outdoors in all areas/Wards of the City without prior authorization:

  • Hibachis, chimineas and masonry barbecues, provided the fuel and chimney are covered by a protective grate. The only fuel permitted in these appliances is charcoal and briquettes. Wood chips can be used for flavoring food only.
  • Liquid or gas fuelled appliances.

Burning Bans - At certain times of the year and as conditions warrant, the Chief Fire Official may issue a complete ban on open air burning. Dry and/or windy weather conditions are two (2) examples when a burning ban may be issued. When a ban is issued ALL open air burning is prohibited with the exception of actual cooking that is taking place on a grill.

Balconies - Fuel burning appliances may only be used in safe areas located at grade. Appliances such as barbecues, hibachis, chimineas, and patio torches are unsafe to use on balconies, roof tops, or decks located above grade.

Penalties - Persons violating the Ontario Fire Code may be prosecuted under the Fire Protection and Prevention Act. Conviction may result in a fine of up to $25,000 dollars for an individual and $50,000 for a Corporation. In addition, persons who conduct or permit open air burning in contravention of this policy may be subject to full cost recovery measures including the cost of fire department vehicles, equipment, and staff.

Keep it Safe - Regardless of the type of open air fire you are having, always use caution and never leave the fire unattended.

Never use flammable liquids, such as gasoline, to start your fire. Remove all vegetation and other material that could spread the fire. Maintain close supervision of children and pets.  Keep your fire on a noncombustible surface at least 50 feet from structures. Have an adequate supply of water available to extinguish or control the fire. Pay attention to wind conditions and potential spark hazards.

Be a Good Neighbour - Obtaining authorization to have an open air fire does not relieve an owner from the obligation to comply with the Environmental Protection Act of Ontario. While burning, it is your obligation to ensure that smoke does not interfere with the ability of your neighbours to enjoy their properties or conduct their business without disruption. Watch where your smoke travels and do not burn when there are smog alerts, foggy conditions, or wind that will carry your smoke in a direction that will disrupt adjacent roadways or properties.

Questions or Concerns - If you have questions regarding open air burning; if you wish to obtain authorization to conduct open air burning; if you wish to confirm which Open Air Burning Zone your property is located in; or if you have a concern about open air burning that is being conducted in contravention of this policy -- please contact the Fire Department.

This summary has been prepared for convenience only. For a complete version of our policy on open air burning, please contact the Fire Department.

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