A partial burn ban remains in effect for the city and Kingston Fire & Rescue is reminding residents that they cannot burn brush or set off fireworks, including during this civic holiday weekend, until the ban is lifted.
The ban, which applies to all properties within Kingston, cannot be lifted as there has not been sufficient rainfall in recent days. Violators face potential fines of up to $50,000 and may also be liable for fire suppression costs.
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During the partial burn ban, residents are allowed to have a small, controlled fire that is no more than 45 cm wide by 45 cm high, and is used to provide warmth or for cooking food, recreationally, or for religious or ceremonial purposes.
Kingston Fire & Rescue also reminds the community of the following:
- Remove all vegetation and other material that could spread the fire.
- Never leave a fire unattended.
- Keep your fire on a non-combustible surface and away from structures.
- Have an adequate supply of water available to extinguish or control the fire.
- Pay attention to wind conditions, smoke and potential spark hazards.
- To be cautious when disposing of smoking materials.
The department will monitor weather conditions and fire-risk change and continue to update the status of the open air burn ban.
You can find burn ban updates and guidelines for open air burning at this City of Kingston page.
Residents may also call 613-548-4001, ext. 0 to determine the status of the burn ban.