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Fire-Open Burning Permit

On-site Open Burning Fire Guidelines

  • Open burning will only be permitted no sooner than two hours before sunset and the fire must be extinguished no later than two hours after sunrise.
  • Brush to be burned, must be in piles, maximum 6 feet (2 metres) high, 6 feet (2 metres) in diameter and 20 feet (7 seven metres) between the piles.
  • Adjoining lot clearance restrictions for Open Burning will be established at 10 meters (33 feet) from any combustible materials or structure.
  • Clean brush and other vegetation only may be burned, NO trash, such as garbage, tires, plastics, roofing or other building materials.
  • No less than two persons will be present at all times during burning operations, with adequate firefighting equipment.

Conditions to Burn

  • Open Burning Permits will be issued and are valid for Jan.1 to May 31 (inclusive) and Oct.1 to December 31.
  • No unapproved burning will take place as per the Ontario Fire Code. Burning will only be permitted after a permit is acquired.
  • A $30.00 fee will be collected for a New Fire Permit which includes the inspection fee.
  • Burning will be allowed only if approved and the site has been inspected by an Officer of the Thunder Bay Fire Rescue prior to issue of permit.
  • Approved burning site shall not be altered without approval and inspection by the Fire Service.
  • Permits are issued on an annual basis.
  • No burning in wind greater than 16 km/hr or gusting conditions.
  • Permits are non-transferable.
  • Permits may be cancelled due to changes in ground or atmospheric conditions or non-conformity of the regulations.
  • Permit cancellation may occur as a result of a legitimate smoke nuisance complaint or unsafe conditions.
  • Permit cancellation may occur as a result of the Ministry of Natural Resources direction as to hazardous fire conditions or a fire ban has been issued by the Chief Fire Official.

For all new permits download the application form and bring the completed application form to your local Fire Station. Apply in person between 8 am and 8 pm daily.