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Municipal Burn Ban to come into effect July 8 at 11:59pm

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Burn ban in effect for Kawartha Lakes

Kawartha Lakes – Due to the extremely dry conditions across Kawartha Lakes, Fire Rescue Services will be implementing a municipal wide burn ban effective July 8 at 11:59pm.

Dry conditions can be extremely hazardous and so residents need to be cautious while we continue to experience heat warnings. This includes being mindful of actions such as not disposing of cigarette butts on the side of the road, in park and trail areas and even in small planters.

“It can sometimes take upwards of 10 to 15 minutes before a cigarette fire becomes noticeable in dry vegetation," stated Fire Chief Mark Pankhurst, “but once the fire is ignited, it can be mere seconds before the grass or even a field is covered in flames.”  

What does a burn ban mean?
When a burn ban in set in place, it means that there is absolutely zero tolerance for burning during the burn ban.  All Regular Burn Permits including Annual Regular Burn Permits are suspended until further notice and will not be issued during the ban.

Campfires including outdoor fire pits, burn barrels, chimineas, and other portable open air fire devices intended for backyard bonfires are not permitted to be used during a burn ban. Fireworks are not permitted to be discharged during a burn ban, no exceptions.

Outdoor appliances listed for use in Canada that utilize propane or natural gas as a fuel supply are allowed to be used on your property during an imposed burn ban. For example, gas, electric, and charcoal barbeques are permitted to be used during a burn ban, as long as they are done so with supervision at all time. However, they may not be permitted in some condominium / apartment complexes, so check your building's rules to confirm before using. Be sure to review and follow all safety precautions noted with the appliance.

The ban also may not apply to those with Agricultural or Special Burn Permits as special conditions already apply to these permits. However, safe practices should be followed at all times for those authorized to burn.

What is the fine for burning during a ban?
The minimum fine is $485. Under section 8.03 of By-Law 2016-110, those setting a fire during a burn ban can be charged under the Provincial Offences Act and will also be responsible for the costs incurred for Fire Service response and potential fire suppression efforts.

What do I do if someone is illegally burning?
Burn complaints can be made by calling 705-324-2191 during active burning. Please be respectful to our dispatching staff.

If you have any questions regarding the burn ban, you can also contact the following:

By-Law and Municipal Law Enforcement and Licensing
705-324-9411 extension 1212
bylawcomplaints@kawarthalakes.ca

Fire Prevention Office
705-324-5731 extension 545
fireprevention@kawarthalakes.ca

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