Conditions for Open Air Burning

The following conditions, are acceptable for Open Air Burning under Section 2.6.3.4 of the Ontario Fire Code:

Burning of piled wood, brush, or discarded wood by-products is allowed if:

  • the fire is tended by a responsible person until out,
  • the pile is less than 2 metres (6’6″) in diameter and less than 2 metres (6’6″) high,
  • the fire is not ignited before 6:00 p.m. and is extinguished before 10:00 a.m.
  • the fire is at least 2 metres (6’6″) away from any flammable materials, and,
  • the person has adequate tools and water to contain the fire.

Burning of grass and leaves is allowed if:

  • the fire is tended by a responsible person until out,
  • the area to be burned is less than 1 ha (2.5 acres),
  • the length of flaming edge is less than 30 metres (100′),
  • the fire is not ignited before 6:00 p.m. and is extinguished before 10:00 a.m.
  • the person has adequate tools and water to contain the fire.

Burning in incinerators is allowed provided they are:

  • enclosed devices,
  • at least 5 metres (16.5′) from any forest,
  • at least 2 metres (6’6″) from flammable material,
  • covered by mesh less than 5 millimetres (1/4″) in size, and
  • a responsible person monitors the fire until out.

These conditions are in effect from April 1st to October 31st of each year.

If extreme fire hazzard conditions exist, these fires will not be allowed.

Failure to comply with the above conditions may lead to charges being laid under the Ontario Fire Code.

By Order of
Ed Bier, Chief Fire Official
Township of McKellar