Due to the current hot, dry weather conditions, Kingston Fire & Rescue (KFR) has issued a partial ban on open-air burning that comes into effect immediately.
UPDATE: On July 23, KFR lifted this partial ban. Check out Twitter for any new information.
Thanks to the recent rainfall, we are lifting the partial open-air burn ban. If you’re planning to have an open air fire, be sure to use an authorized device, check the weather conditions, and be a good neighbour! #YGKhttps://t.co/hlcmJs199O pic.twitter.com/lPeYYt4TY4
— Kingston Fire (@KtownFire) July 23, 2020
Residents intending to have an open-air fire while the ban is in place should review the following information first to be aware what is permitted, restricted, and safety measures to implement.
Small, controlled fires that are no more than 45 cm wide by 45 cm high are permitted but must be in compliance with the City of Kingston’s Open Air Burning Policy.
However, burning wood waste and/or brush is restricted while in the ban is in effect.
KFD has provided these important steps to follow:
- 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.
People who violate the ban may be liable for fire suppression costs and could face potential fines of up to $50,000.
KFR reports it will continue to update the status of this open-air burn ban as weather conditions and fire risk change. Burn ban updates and guidelines for open air burning.