The Township of South Frontenac has lifted the Level One fire ban as of 8 a.m. this morning, Friday, May 27, 2022. The Level One ban was announced on Friday, May 13, 2022, after a lack of precipitation and higher than normal temperatures created dry conditions across the township.
According to a release from the township, weather conditions and the current state of remaining vegetation from the previous year has changed, presenting less risk than a few weeks ago.
Residents can return to having open air fires including cooking fires, camping fires, and approved incinerator or brush pile fires that are in compliance with the regulations set in the Township’s burning By-law 2012-68, the Township stated.
“On behalf of the Township and all South Frontenac Fire and Rescue (SFFR) personnel, I want to thank the community for complying with the ‘Level One Fire Ban’ that was put in place on May 13, 2022,” said Fire Chief Darcy Knott, Director of Fire and Emergency Services. “I am pleased to report that there were no unauthorized burns observed, no burning complaints received, and no reports of firework use over the last two weeks.”
According to the release, SFFR personnel will continue to monitor conditions and notify the public of any status changes as they occur. The Township would like to remind residents that any infraction of By-law 2012-68 can result in significant financial penalties.
Residents with questions or concerns are encouraged to contact SFFR at 613-376-3027 ext. 2234, or via email at [email protected].
“With the release of the fire ban, I urge residents to reference the current Open Air Burning Bylaw 2012-68, burn only when conditions are appropriate, have adequate means to stop the spread of fire if it becomes out of control, and as always…. Think Safe and Be Safe!” concluded Chief Knott.