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Clarington Fire reminds residents of ban on open air burning

Clarington April 4, 2017/- With the imminent arrival of spring, Clarington Emergency and Fire Services (CEFS) is reminding residents that there’s no open air burning within the Municipality. The Municipality of Clarington has an Open Air Burning By-Law that regulates any fires set outside in open areas.

“This by-law is in place to protect all of our residents. Fires can quickly spread out of control, posing a serious risk to the public,” explained Fire Chief Gord Weir. “We do not allow residents to burn garbage, building materials, barrels, camp fires, ditches or set grass fires. In short, you are not allowed to burn anything without a permit. And even then permits are given at the discretion of the Fire Chief,” added Chief Weir.

The Municipality’s Open Air Burning By-Law also prohibits the use of wood burning fire pits in urban and hamlet designated areas. The Fire Chief may issue a burn permit for properties outside these areas if the property in question is at least 10 acres.

In 2016, Clarington Fire responded to approximately 139 calls involving illegal burns and 64 grass fires.

“Fires started illegally are a growing problem. We want to make residents aware of the safety issues. Generally if it’s a small fire we will issue a warning for the first offence, any subsequent violations and the resident will receive a fine,” said Chief Weir.

Under the Clarington Open Air Burning By-Law, a fine can cost $459.45, if the fire violates the Ontario Fire Code residents can face fines up to $50,000.

“Fires are not something to be played with, we take this very seriously and will be enforcing violation to our Open Air Burning By-Law,” said Chief Weir.

Residents looking to obtain a burn permit or wondering if they qualify for a permit should contact CEFS at 905-623-5126 and speak to one of the fire prevention officers. For more details regarding the Open Air Burning By-Law, visit Clarington’s website.

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Media Contact:
Basia Radomski
Communications Manager
905-623-3379 ext. 2214

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