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New Burning By-Law in Place

February 18, 2016

Effective January 25th, Council has passed a new burning by-law that governs open burning within the Township. Please be advised that this new by-law represents a significant change in some of the long standing rules of the past.  Please see below for some pointers on the major changes/important rules in the burning by-law:

  • New Wexford has been added to the high density area which only allows recreational campfires, no brush piles or burn barrels!
  • Residents in Johnstown on the west side of the International Bridge/North side of County Rd 2 are now allowed to burn with an authorized burn permit
  • burn permits are required for any open burning in the Township with the exception of a small fire for the sole purpose of cooking on a grate or grill that is extinguished immediately after the cooking is complete. Having a package of hotdogs at a fire does not exempt you from requiring a permit.
  • Burn permits can be found on our website and there– is no cost associated with obtaining a permit
  • The fire department may deny or revoke a permit if smoke may cause discomfort to persons in the immediate vicinity
  • you are still required to call the fire dept. to ensure that there is no burn ban in place but you are no longer required to report that you are burning
  • when burning you must ensure that fires are not started on days with fog, rain, wind or other conditions that prevent the ready dispersion of smoke
  • it is prohibited to burn petroleum products, plastics, rubber or other materials that create excessive smoke or any other materials prohibited by the Environmental Protection Act.
  • Non-compliance with the burn by-law will result in a $150 fine and possible permit revocation.
  • consider your neighbor when burning

 

Campfire

  • Size limited to .6m x .6m x .6m The fire must be contained in a ring or pit with an minimum height of 15cm and a maximum diameter of .6m  constructed of non-combustible material i.e. Metal or concrete
  • Only seasoned dry firewood may be burned. Leaves, branches, pine needles or any other yard waste not permitted.
  • Must have a minimum clearance of 6 meters in all directions to any structure, wooded area, property line, flammable material, hydro or telephone line or service
  • Must be supervised at all times

Brush Pile fire or burn barrel-Not permitted in the urban areas of Spencerville, Cardinal, Johnstown or New Wexford

  • Brush pile must not exceed 36 cubic meters and may contain only wood, tree limbs and yard waste
  • Must have a minimum clearance of 15 meters in all directions to any structure, wooded area, property line, flammable material, hydro or telephone line or service
  • Must be burned in the dawn to dusk time period
  • Must be supervised at all times

Agricultural Fire-Not permitted in the urban areas of Spencerville, Cardinal, Johnstown or New Wexford

  • Must not exceed 125 cubic meters
  • Is set and maintained for the purpose of burning wood, tree limbs, branches as part of normal farm practice for clearing land
  • Must be supervised during the initial free burning stage of the fire

 

 

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