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Ontario's Restricted Fire Zone to be lifted Saturday, May 16

Fire by the water

Fire pit by the waterKawartha Lakes - The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) has announced that the current restricted fire zone, which applies to all zones in the fire region of Ontario, will be lifted effective Saturday, May 16 at 12:01am.

The MNRF would like to thank the public for their cooperation. Please continue to remain diligent in reducing the number of human-caused fires during these challenging times.

The City of Kawartha Lakes lifted the municipal burn ban May 8, 2020 setting the hazard index to high, asking those who burn to use extreme caution and take precautions to prevent the spread of fire.

Burn permits are required for all fires lager than 60 centimetres in diameter. The fire area for campfires, regular and annual permits must be a minimum of fifteen (15) metres from any building or other structures and five (5) metres from any fences, trees, brush piles, shorelines, property lines or combustible materials

Burn permits can be obtained during the state of emergency by emailing with the following information:

  • First and last name
  • Phone number
  • Home address
  • Type of permit required
  • Burning site address if different from home address.

For more information about open air burning and burn permits, please visit the Burn Bans, Permits and Bylaws webpage on our website.

Quick Facts

  • Items you cannot burn include; grass clippings, leaves, garbage, tires and non-wood items 
  • Items you may burn include; wood or wood by-products that are not contaminated with any paints, chemical treatments, lacquers, glues or upholstery. 
  • Burn Complaints - during active burning call 705-324-2191


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