Kingston Fire & Rescue has issued the first ban on open air burning this year. The ban comes into effect immediately and applies to all a properties within the City of Kingston until further notice.
Assistant Chief Robb Kidd advises that, “This is the earliest ban that has been instituted in recent memory. Last year our first ban did not come into effect until early July. The moisture content of the grasses in the fields is extremely low and will not improve until the vegetation comes out of dormancy. The dry winter has left significant amounts of dead brush in the fields and wood lots greatly increasing the potential fuel load.”
The Fire Department will be watching closely for the next few weeks to see what develops in conjunction with the expected arrival of warmer weather. While the ban is in effect no open air burning is permitted within the City. Violators face potential fines of up to $50,000 dollars and may also be invoiced for fire suppression costs.
Updates on the ban will be broadcast on Information Radio 106.3 FM. For Open Air Burning Rules, see www.cityofkingston.ca/open-air-burning.
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