Town of Espanola
April 18th, 2017
Espanola Fire Department is advising residents to contact them regarding any restrictions governing open air burning, before starting any fires or burning brush.
“With spring outdoor cleanup starting, we know some folks choose to burn brush and yard debris on their property,” explained Fire Chief, Mike Pichor. The burning of grass, not contained, is never allowed!
This type of open air burning has caused many wildland fires and structural home and garage fires. Cleaning up debris and limiting the level of flammable vegetation surrounding your home is a good practice.
But make sure the way you do it is safe – for you, your home, your neighbours, and the surrounding area.
A permit is required with specific conditions for burning any size of brush pile that is not contained in a fire pit of some sort, and there are areas in town, that this type of burning is not allowed.
Open air burning can include the use of outdoor fireplaces and cooking fires not involving the use of a barbeque. The by-law for open air burning is very specific, but user friendly.
Whether in the backyard of your home, the cottage or a campground, make fire safety a priority. Open air burning, especially if left unattended, can become difficult to control and can result in a serious
widespread fire. Never leave a fire unattended, and always have a source of water available, to be able to extinguish the fire. Never burn when it is windy, and there is no burning allowed before 7:00 p.m.
For more information contact:
Espanola Fire Department at 705-869-3888