Open air burn ban lifted in Kingston

Photo by Jorgen Haland.

As of today, Thursday, May 7, 2020, Kingston Fire and Rescue has lifted its total ban on open air burning.

The burn ban was put in place on Friday, Mar. 20, 2020 as part of efforts to avoid any additional strain on the first response emergency services in the City during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Residents are encouraged to review the City’s open air burning page to learn about the two burn zones within the city (North and South). Find out which zone you reside in, what is permitted in that zone, and necessary safety precautions on that page, available here.

Kingston Fire and Rescue would like to remind residents of some of those safety precautions, including:

  • Removing all vegetation and other material that could spread the fire prior to burning
  • Never leaving a fire unattended
  • Keeping your fire on a non-combustible surface and away from structures
  • Having an adequate supply of water available to extinguish or control the fire
  • Paying attention to wind conditions, smoke, and potential spark hazards
  • Being cautions when disposing of smoking materials

Kingston Fire and Rescue is also reminding residents that obtaining authorization to have an open air fire does not mean that property owners are relieved of their obligation to comply with the Environmental Protection Act of Ontario.

“While burning, it is your obligation to ensure that smoke does not interfere with the ability of your neighbours to enjoy their properties or conduct their business without disruption,” the local fire department said in a press release on Thursday, May 7, 2020. “Watch where your smoke travels and do not burn when there are smog alerts, foggy conditions or wind that will carry your smoke in a direction that will disrupt adjacent roadways or properties.”

Kingston Fire and Rescue will continue to update the status of the open air burn ban as conditions and fire risks change.

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