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Open air burning is not permitted. Our current BYLAW 27/12 requires a fire permit for any open-air burning associated with burning wood, brush, leaves and grass.

The Fire Code, Ontario Regulation 213/07, as amended, and BYLAW 27/12 gives the Chief Fire Official the authority to NOT APPROVE any OPEN-AIR BURNING, and to cancel all previously issued burning permits.

The Chief Fire Official has decided to prohibit the burning of all brush & wood piles, fields, leaves, and grass from April 1 to October 31, which is the official fire season. The only burning permitted in the Town of Fort Frances is covered in BYLAW 27/12 under: 4 - where permit not required.

A burning permit is not required for the following:

4.1 A small confined fire used to cook food on a grill or a barbecue, supervised at all times, shall not be deemed to require a permit fire for the purposes of this bylaw.

4.2 A small confined fire used for recreational purposes, less than one metre (39 inches) in diameter, less than one metre (39 inches) in height, and supervised at all times, shall not be deemed to require a permit for the purposes of this bylaw. These fires must be confined in a fire pit or fire ring. Either home-made or manufactured construction is acceptable.

4.3 Outdoor Fireplace with dimensions less than one metre (39 inches) in diameter, less than one metre (39 inches) in height, and supervised at all times, shall not be deemed to require a permit for the purposes of this bylaw. These items must be located on a non-combustible surface extending beyond the unit to a dimension equal to the height of the unit.

4.4 While being exempted from permits in clauses 4.1 and 4.2, any person burning in the Town of Fort Frances shall be responsible to burn in accordance with the provisions of this bylaw in sections 6, 7, and 8, if they are not specifically identified in this section.

4.5 Persons burning for the purposes of cooking or recreation are exempted from the time limitations defined in section 7.5 of this bylaw.

4.6 All fires must be built using clean dry wood and uncontaminated materials. Construction products and waste materials cannot be used as a fuel source for fires and must be disposed of in the landfill. Commercial fire logs are also an acceptable fuel source.

NOTE: When a FIRE BAN is issued, all outside burning is prohibited and all Open-Air Burning Permits are cancelled.

For more information, contact the Fort Frances Fire Rescue Service at (807) 274-9841 ext. 1.

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