The Township of South Frontenac is alerting residents to a level one burn ban in their region. The level one ban came into effect at 8 a.m. on Friday, May 13, 2022, will remain in place for a minimum of two weeks, after which conditions will be revaluated.
According to a release from the Township, a Level One fire ban restricts the use of fireworks and open-air burning for the purposes of burning grass, brush, or other combustible materials, but permits campfires and cooking fires as defined in By-law 2012-68.
Recent lack of precipitation combined with higher than normal temperatures has led to the decision to place the restrictions, the Township stated. While still allowing for recreational fires and cooking fires, residents are reminded to proceed with caution as many areas within the Township remain dry. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry currently has a ‘High’ Fire Danger Rating in the northern half of the Township, communicating that residents must remain vigilant when partaking in camping or cooking fires.
Residents are also reminded that contravention of the Level One Fire Ban, and any other infractions under the By-law, will result in financial penalties associated with the cost of emergency response and enforcement and enforcement services, as outlined in the Township’s Burning By-law No. 2012-68. If you have questions or concerns, please contact South Frontenac Fire & Rescue (SFFR) at 613-376-3027 ext. 2234, or via email at [email protected].
SFFR personnel will continue to review this situation and notify the public of any status changes as they occur. The Township asks residents to please continue to think safe and be safe when choosing to have outdoor cooking and camping fires over the next few weeks.
“Your cooperation during this time is greatly appreciated and will help protect our citizens, property, and volunteer firefighting team,” said Fire Chief Darcy Knott.