Napanee advises residents to exercise caution during open air burning

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Dry, spring-like days have led the Greater Napanee Fire Department to advise residents about exercising caution during open air burning due to hazardous conditions.

According to a release from Greater Napanee, dry grass and high winds increase the risk of uncontrolled fires. Area fire departments are witnessing a rise in fires getting away from their area of origin. Yesterday, South Frontenac Township issued a release asking residents to play it safe and avoid unnecessary open air burns.

Earlier today, Friday, Mar. 8, 2024, two wildfires broke out in the areas around South Frontenac and Greater Napanee, including one in Central Frontenac, and another on Howe Island.

In the release, the Town shared that residents should do the following when conducting open air burning:

  • Check weather conditions – Burn only during calm winds and moderate humidity.
  • Follow burn permits – Obtain and adhere to an active burn permit.
  • Stay vigilant – Have a water source nearby and monitor the fire closely.
  • Have a fire break, such as rocks or soil, between where the fire is and anything else that can burn.

Dean Martin, Fire Prevention Officer for the Greater Napanee Fire Department explained how residents should exercise caution with poor open air burning conditions.

“Prioritize safety by following burn permit regulations and respecting the upcoming burn ban. Consider bagging leaves and putting brush out for pick up. A total burn ban will commence on April 1st, 2024, or earlier if conditions worsen. Even with the anticipated rain, conditions may not improve,” he stated.

For updates and details on open air burning regulations, visit the Burn Bans, Permits and Open Air Burning page at www.greaternapanee.com or contact the Greater Napanee Fire Department at (613) 354-3351.

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