Thunder Bay Fire Rescue Issues Fire Ban
April 2, 2020 – Effective at midnight tonight, Thunder Bay Fire Rescue has issued a fire ban on all outdoor burning within the City of Thunder Bay. The ban on outdoor burning is consistent with the recent Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests Restricted Fire Zone declaration.
Residents are reminded that all outdoor burning permits are suspended when a fire ban is in effect. Any outdoor burning during a fire ban will result in prosecution and substantial fine. We appreciate the community’s cooperation and Thunder Bay Fire Rescue will advise when the fire ban and suspension of permits is lifted.



 The use of Fire Pits, Outdoor Fireplaces and Chimineas are NOT PERMITTED in the City of Thunder Bay without a permit.

You now have the option to apply or renew your Recreational Burning Permit online or by visiting your closest Fire Station.

Permit Renewal denotes that the customer has had a burn permit in the previous year, it has been inspected and approved by the Fire Service and agrees that there has been no change in property ownership, address, location or construction of the fire appliance or pit since the initial permit was issued.

Any personal information we collect is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act, 2001. Personal information is collected in compliance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. The personal information collected is for the purpose of issuing Burning Permits. None of your personal information will be shared, rented, sold or otherwise released to any third party without your consent.

Apply or renew online

 Online application and purchase of recreational burn permits

Apply or renew in person (ONLINE APPLICATIONS ONLY)

For all new permits download the Recreational Burn Permit Application Form and Guidelines for Chimineas, Outdoor Fireplaces & Fire Pits and EMAIL for any questions.

Apply in person at any [fire station] between 8 am and 8 pm daily. (FIRE STATIONS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC AT THIS TIME)

All new permits require an on-site Inspection to ensure that all guidelines have been adhered to.

The cost to apply for a first time burn permit or to renew a previously approved burn permit is $30 (non-refundable) which includes the site inspection.

Burn permit renewals are only issued to the applicant if he/she agrees to abide by the rules and conditions of the permit, a permit was purchased in the previous year, and that there has been no change in the location or construction of the fire appliance or pit since the initial permit was issued.

The permit is valid for the calendar year in which the permit was purchased.

Rental Dwelling - Any person/tenant living in a rental structure or in an area having multiple occupancies WILL NOT be issued a Recreational Burning Permit unless the Property Owners Permission to Burn Form is completed and signed by the owner and is submitted with the application form.

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