Call your township before sparking that fire
North Glengarry wants to remind residents the controlled burn or open-air fire bylaw is in effect so before burning brush, they will need to notify the township and request a burn permit.
Once they have obtained permission, the homeowners must notify Hawkesbury Fire dispatch service at 613-632-1105 before starting an outdoor fire, and again to indicate when they have extinguished it.
Residents must extinguish all fires by dusk.
North Glengarry issues about 450 burn permits each year, but only about 100 cases actually need a permit. People using fire for recreational purposes don’t require a permit. Residents don’t need permits for a recreational fire used for cooking or warmth, an outdoor fireplace, or when cooking on a grill. However, an outdoor fireplace needs to be covered completely by a spark-guard.
Residents do require burn permits when they are conducting larger outdoor fires to burn piles of brush to clear land or to get rid of large tree branches damaged by wind. They are not allowed to burn material other than brush. For these types of burns, the township usually issues a four-day burn permit. After that time, residents must renew the permit if they are still completing their controlled burn. The township has revised the bylaw, so residents can obtain a 14-day permit. They will need to describe the details of their plans for the burn in advance.
The township will charge $25 for any burn permits and will issue the permit within a twoday period after it is requested. There is no charge for permits issued from January to March. Residents who fail to obtain a permit to conduct a burn can be fined $400. Fines are also in place for other related infractions.
Planning manager Gerry Murphy indicated the reason the township has a two-day wait time is because often residents request their permit on a Friday afternoon and the township needs time to review the details of the request before it can issue the permit. Property owners also can apply for their permit on the township’s website, or if they are planning only a small recreational fire they can find out what steps they should take in notifying Hawkesbury fire dispatch. In all cases, residents need to know how to conduct a safe fire, know what materials they are permitted to burn in the township, and to ensure their fire is set back away from any combustible items.
As well, the fire must be at least 50 metres from the closest neighbours’ house and at least five metres from their property line.
Residents are not allowed to conduct an open-air fire between half an hour before sunset and half an hour after sunrise. As well, they are not permitted to set a fire if the wind velocity is greater than 15 kilometres per hour.
Residents are not permitted to conduct burns during dry periods as indicated by the Fire Chief or the Ministry of Natural Resources. Full details of the bylaw are available on the township’s website.
UNDER CONTROL: An outdoor fire is great, until you set the concession alight. Caution can never be thrown to the wind, particularly during dry conditions.