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Open-Air Burn Ban in Municipality of North Grenville

March 26, 2020

NORTH GRENVILLE – All thirteen municipalities within the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville are implementing a TOTAL OPEN-AIR BURN BAN.

“In support of a County-wide protective measure for all first responders, the North Grenville Fire Service is implementing a complete burn ban in the Municipality of North Grenville effective immediately,” said North Grenville Fire Chief John Okum.

The burn ban will remain until further notice.

The ban applies to all open-air fires including agricultural burns, brush piles, burn barrels, campfires, chimeneas, cooking fires, consumer fireworks, incinerators and other types of outdoor burning, but does not include cooking appliances with a mechanical shutoff, i.e. propane or natural gas cooking equipment.

Due to the concerns surrounding the spread of COVID-19, social distancing imperatives and the importance of protecting the health, safety and well-being of the Municipality and Counties’ volunteer firefighters, an open-air burn ban has been adopted as a precautionary measure to avoid any additional strain on the fire services at this time.

“The North Grenville Fire Service is committed to providing and maintaining effective and efficient emergency responses within our communities. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding as we cope with this unprecedented situation,” stated Chief Okum.

“The Municipality recognizes current burning conditions would not typically warrant a complete burn ban.  However, during these extraordinary times, these measures are required to lower the risk of fire to every extent possible, as well as reduce the burden on our largely volunteer fire fighters,” Mayor Nancy Peckford emphasized.

“We understand these heightened precautions may pose some inconvenience,” added Councillor Strackerjan, Liaison for Emergency & Protective Services, “but they have been implemented to support our emergency personnel and, ultimately, help fight the spread of COVID-19.

The fire ban comes a day after the declaration by Mayor Nancy Peckford of a local emergency in North Grenville, at the recommendation of the Municipality’s Emergency Control Group. It is part of a series of measures being taken to protect the citizens of North Grenville, emergency responders and front-line employees.    

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