City wide burn ban takes effect this weekend
City of Kawartha Lakes Fire Rescue Service responded to a large number of grass related fires over the March 16 weekend. In response to current conditions the annual spring burn ban will take effect March 23, 2018 instead of April 1.
Effective immediately all fire permit sales are suspended until further notice and agricultural permit holders are advised to restrict burning and exercise extreme caution. Residents will be notified when the burn ban is lifted.
The burn ban does not necessarily apply to those with Agricultural or Special Burn Permits as special conditions already apply to these permits. However, safe and common sense practices should be followed at all times when burning.
“Although the ground may appear saturated or still have snow cover in some areas of the municipality, dry grass and debris catch fire easily and flames can spread quickly. Typically by the end of April, things have greened up and the risk of grass fires is dramatically reduced,” continued Chief Pankhurst.
Under section 8.03 of By-law 2016-110, those having a fire during a burn ban can be charged under the Provincial Offences Act and will also be responsible for the costs incurred by fire control.
The City of Kawartha Lakes would also like to thank all residents for their cooperation and assistance during this time.
Quick facts/tips about grass fires:
- Grass fires can start anywhere and are extremely dangerous
- Within hours of snow melting, dead grass becomes flammable
- Grass fires burn hot, fast and can spread quickly, even over patches of snow
- Grass is a fine fuel and burns faster than bush or forests
- Do not throw cigarette or cigar butts on the ground or out a vehicle, dispose of them properly
- If you witness a grass fire, please report it right away