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Please be advised that Council passed by-law 31-2016 on April 4, 2016 
regulating open air burning practices (this by-law repeals by-law 48-2013)

 

RECREATIONAL AND COOKING FIRES


No person shall set or maintain a fire in contravention of the Ontario Fire Code, the Environmental Protection Act R.S.O. 1190, chapter E. 19 or any other statutory requirements of the Province of Ontario.

No person shall set a Recreational Fire or an Open Fire during a period identified as a Poor Air Quality Day, High Risk Period, or during a fire ban declared by the Fire Chief/Chief Fire Official.
No person shall set a Recreational Fire or an Open Fire so as to have smoke or debris interfere with vehicular traffic or otherwise pose a safety hazard on a public roadway.

No person shall set a Recreational Fire or an Open Fire if the wind conditions or the quality of the burn restricts neighbours from enjoyment of the normal use of their property or causes discomfort to persons in the immediate area. 

Cooking Fires and Recreational Fires shall be permitted, provided, every person who sets a cooking or recreational fire shall comply with the following regulations:

The fire must be set in a Safe Location, on the landowners own property and contained within an appropriate device

The fire must be fueled only with Acceptable Burn Materials

The fire must be supervised at all times

Effective means of extinguishment must be readily available

No person shall set fires for training purposes or fire extinguisher safety demonstrations, without prior approval of the Bluewater Fire Chief.

No person shall burn anything defined as Prohibited Material.

RELIGIOUS, CIVIC and CEREMONIAL FIRES/FLOATING LANTERNS


Open Air Fires for religious, civic or ceremonial purposes are allowed within Settlement Areas designated as Village/Hamlet and Lakeshore Residential as established in the current Municipality of Bluewater Official Plan and shall require a burn permit issued by the Fire Chief/Chief Fire Official, subject to any terms and conditions imposed by the Fire Chief/Chief Fire Official.

No person shall release Floating Lanterns which have an open flame.

OBTAINING APPROVAL FOR A CONTROLLED BURN


Approval for a controlled burn can be obtained by contacting the Chief Fire Official or designate at 519-236-4351 between 9:00 am and 4:30 pm.

Approval must be obtained before any Open Air Fire can be lit. In order for the paperwork, and if necessary a site visit to be completed, you must call at least 90 minutes prior to lighting.

Please have the following information available when calling:

911 address

Date and time

Materials being burned

Person responsible for the burn

Call back number

Please note that you must receive approval from the Chief Fire Official or designate before any controlled burns can be lit. There are a number of variables that determine whether a controlled burn will be approved including wind speed, fog, rain, heat and smog advisories.

Be aware that for the duration of the approved Open Air Burn the Fire Department may NOT respond to a call at the address UNLESS that call originates from the person who applied for the Open Air Fire. 

VILLAGE/HAMLET AND LAKESIDE RESIDENTS


Open Fires are prohibited in all Settlement Areas designated as Village/Hamlet and Lakeshore Residential as established in the current Municipality of Bluewater Official Plan.

UNRESTRICTED (RURAL) AREAS:


Open Fires set to eliminate Acceptable Burn Materials within unrestricted areas are permitted and every person who sets an Open Fire shall comply with the following regulations:

Contact the Fire Chief/Chief Fire Official prior to lighting (notification is not required for Cooking Fires or Recreational Fires as defined in By-law 31-2016)

Open Fires must be confined to daylight hours

Open Fires must be set on the landowners own property

Open Fires must be fueled only with Acceptable Burn Materials

Open Fires must be supervised at all times

Acceptable Burn Materials must be generated on the landowners property

No person shall locate, permit or allow an Open Fire to be located less than 15 meters from any building, structure, property line, tree, hedge, fence, roadway, overhead wire or other combustible article

FARM PROPERTIES


A person may conduct an Open Fire if it is part of a normal farm practice carried on as part of an agricultural operation, as those defined in the Farming and Food Production Act, 1998, S.O. 1998 c1 on lands zoned for agricultural use, and subject to the conditions set out as follows:

Contact the Fire Chief/Chief Fire Official prior to starting an Open Fire

Open Fires must be confined to daylight hours

Open Fires must be set on the landowners own property

Open Fires must be supervised at all times

Open Fires must be fully extinguished before being left unsupervised

No person shall locate, permit or allow an Open Fire to be located less than 15 meters from any building, structure, overhead wire or other combustible article

DEFINITIONS


“Acceptable Burn Material”
Means commercially produced charcoal or briquettes, small amounts of white or brown paper or cardboard used to start a fire, dry seasoned wood that has been generated on the landowners own property, dry wood by-products that have not been chemically treated, painted or stained, purchased fire logs or purchased firewood sold for the purpose of recreational campfires and not exceeding the maximum permitted Recreational Fire dimensions defined in the By-Law

“Cooking Fire”
Means a small, confined fire supervised at all times and used to cook food on a grill or barbeque.

“Open Fire”
Means any open fire other than that defined as a “Cooking Fire” or “Recreational Fire” under the By-Law.

“Prohibited Burn Materials”
Means any material other than as described under “Acceptable Burn Materials”. Specifically prohibited under the By-Law and not to be burned under any circumstances include household waste, human or animal excrement, leaves, grass, treated lumber, insulation, asphalt shingles or other construction materials, commercial by-products such as those generated from wood working, deck-building or landscaping businesses, tires, rubber, plastic, Styrofoam, petroleum or other potentially toxic waste materials.

“Recreational Fire”
Means a small outdoor fire such as a campfire set within a confined area or device such as an outdoor fireplace or fire pit, situated in a “Safe Location” and measuring no more than 0.70m (27”) in any dimension and supervised at all times.

“Safe Location”
Means outdoors and not on a porch or balcony area that is roofed or otherwise covered, or near dry vegetation, or in any other place conducive to unwanted development or spread of fire or explosion, or supported by combustible material. The Safe Location shall be a minimum of 5 metros from any structure and a minimum of 5 metres from adjacent property lines. The property line setbacks for a safe location do not apply to campgrounds.

      If a complaint has been received and it has been determined that the fire does not meet the guidelines set out above, or if you have not notified the fire department of a planned burn, you will be asked to extinguish the fire. You may also incur a fee if the fire department is required to extinguish the fire or respond to a complaint where the guidelines have not been met.

      For more information, please call 519-236-4351 

General Inquiries

info@municipalityofbluewater.ca

p: 519-236-4351 or 1-877-236-4351
f: 519-236-4329

Address:
Municipality of Bluewater
Box 250, 14 Mill Ave
Zurich, ON Canada
N0M 2T0

Office Hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

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