Open Air Burns

Open Air Burns

In order to obtain approval from the Niagara-on-the-Lake Fire Department for open air burns, the following guidelines must be met or specific exemptions given by the Chief Fire Official in writing may be granted.

Important Note: Charges will be applied for each staffed fire department vehicle in attendance at an unauthorized open air burn or an open air burn that is being conducted in contravention of the guidelines as outlined below. 
$450.00 per hour/per vehicle (1st hour) 
$225.00 per half hour/per vehicle (each additional half hour)

1.  Please call the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake Fire & Emergency Services at 905-468-3266 prior to having an open air burn.
 
2.  Smoke shall not pass over any road and/or highway so as to decrease the visibility of on-coming traffic.
 
3.  Burning is not permitted on the municipal road allowance and/or below overhead cables and wires.
 
4.  Any odour and/or smoke to such extent or degree as to cause discomfort to persons, or hazards of health, cause loss of enjoyment of normal use of property in the immediate area.
 
5.  A controlled burn shall not be started when wind conditions exist over 15 miles per hour, so as to cause any or all of the above.
 
6.  The fire must be supervised at all times.
 
7.  A controlled burn shall be extinguished one (1) hour before sunset and will not be started before sunrise.
 
8.  Means of extinguishment must be provided, i.e. brooms, backhoe, water hose.
 
9.  A controlled burn shall not be started within 150 feet (50 metres) of any building, structure, fence, or other combustible material.
 
10.  Open air burning shall be restricted to the burning of brush only. Note: No household waste, construction material or any other material harmful to the environment.
 
11.  Any person setting a fire will be responsible for their actions and may be charged by the Fire Department for their services in the event of an emergency.
 

For more information, please contact the Fire & Emergency Services Department at 905-468-3266.