Open air burn ban issued for City of Kingston

Due to recent dry conditions, Kingston Fire and Rescue has issued a ban on open air burning on Tuesday, Jul. 10, 2018.

The ban applies to all properties in the city and is effective immediately, according to a press release from the City of Kingston. No fire permits will be authorized during the ban, and those found in violation of the ban can face fines up to $50,000. Violators may also be liable for fire suppression costs.

“Residents may have a small, controlled fire no more than 45 cm wide by 45 cm high, that is used to provide warmth or cooking food, recreationally, and for religious or ceremonial purposes,” said Chief Fire Prevention Officer Ted Posadowski.

“This is about fire prevention. The forecast shows the generally dry conditions are continuing, with little precipitation predicted for the area, so there is a higher risk of fire. If the current conditions continue, a complete burn ban will be issued.”

Kingston Fire and Rescue would like to remind the public of the follow:

  • Remove all vegetation and other material that could spread the fire.
  • Never leave a fire unattended.
  • Keep your fire on a non-combustible surface and away from structures.
  • Have an adequate supply of water available to extinguish or control the fire.
  • Pay attention to wind conditions, smoke and potential spark hazards.
  • To be cautious when disposing of smoking materials.

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.