Due to the continuing dry conditions, Kingston Fire and Rescue issued a total open air burn ban, and is are advising the public to exercise extreme caution when using any sort of flame or flammable material.
“Once again, the forecast shows dry conditions for next while, with little precipitation predicted for the area, so there is a higher risk of fire,” said Ted Posadowski, chief fire prevention officer with Kingston Fire and Rescue.
The ban applies to all outdoor burning, including campfires, brush burn piles, and agricultural burns, according to a press release from the City of Kingston. The ban is effective immediately and applies to all properties within Kingston. Violation of the burn ban may result in fines of up to $50,000, and violators may also be liable for fire suppression costs.
Kingston Fire and Rescue advises citizens to be vigilant when discarding cigarette butts, matches, and other items that can cause a spark or fire. Other items and activities prohibited at this time include: fireworks, flying lanterns, or open flames. The only use of fire exempt from the ban is the use of propane or natural gas barbeques for preparing food.
Burn ban updates and guidelines regarding open air burning and burn bans are available at www.CityofKingston.ca/residents/emergency-services/kingston-fire-rescue/open-air-burning.