Kingston Fire and Rescue lifted the partial open air burn ban on Thursday, Jul. 23, 2020 due to the recent precipitation.
Residents are asked to review the Open-Air Burning resource page prior to any outdoor burning. There they can learn about the two burn zones (North and South), identify which zone they live in, what is permitted in that zone, and necessary safety precautions.
Some of these safety precautions include:
- 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.
City encourages residents to be good neighbours
Being authorized to have an open-air fire does not mean residents can be careless with their fire management. They must comply with the Environmental Protection Act of Ontario, which ensures that the smoke does not hinder the enjoyment of neighbours in their own outdoor spaces.
Pay attention to where your smoke is traveling, and do not burn when there are smog alerts, rain, foggy conditions or wind that will carry your smoke into areas disruptive of roadways or properties.
Kingston Fire and Rescue will continue to update the status of the open air burning as weather conditions and fire risks change. To find burn ban updates, or learn more about open air burning guidelines, go to www.cityofkingston.ca/residents/emergency-services/kingston-fire-rescue/open-air-burning.