With the August long weekend upon us, Kingston Fire and Rescue would like to remind citizens of the partial burn ban currently in effect.
With the lack of rainfall recently, the partial burn ban must remain in effect, according to a press release from the City of Kingston. The partial burn ban means that residents cannot burn off brush, or set off fireworks. Violators can face fines up to $50,000, and may also be liable for any fire suppression costs.
Small, controlled fires no more than 45 cm wide and 45 cm high are permitted when used to provide warmth, prepare food, or for religious or ceremonial purposes.
Kingston Fire and Rescue would also like to remind residents who do use fire during the partial bur ban of the following:
- Remove all vegetation and/or other material that could spread the fire
- Never leave a fire unattended
- Keep fires on non-combustible surfaces and away from structures
- Have an adequate supply of water readily available to extinguish or control the fire
- Take note of wind conditions, and pay attention to smoke and/or potential spark hazards
- Exercise extreme caution when disposing of smoking materials.
The partial open air burn ban will be updated as Kingston Fire and Rescue continue to monitor weather and fire-risk conditions.
For open air burning guidelines and updates on the burn ban status, go to www.CityofKingston.ca/residents/emergency-services/kingston-fire-rescue/open-air-burning. Residents may also call 613-548-4001 ext. 0 to determine the status of the burn ban.