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North Grenville Fire Service lifts Total Burn Ban effective May 8, 2020

May 7, 2020

North Grenville – As outdoor conditions improve and the COVID-19 curve continues to flatten, the North Grenville Fire Service made the decision to lift the total burn ban effective Friday May 8, 2020.

If conditions are suitable, valid burn permit holders are approved to manage an open-air fire. Persons must validate their burning by calling the telephone number on their permit.

“We would like to thank all those who helped reduce the risk to the community first responders by respecting the burn ban,” said Fire Chief John Okum. “We appreciate the burn ban was a temporary inconvenience, however the safety and well-being of our community, the public and the firefighters was paramount.”

Residents must obtain a burn permit before they have an open-air fire. Permits are $15 and available online.

Only residents living in an area approved for open-air burning can obtain a fire permit. Residents are reminded to follow the guidelines and by-law. Permits are conditional and can be revoked at any time.

“As the weather continues to improve, we want to remind residents that while enjoying the outdoors is important for our physical and mental health, COVID-19 Provincial Orders do remain in effect,” said Mayor Nancy Peckford. “This includes no gatherings of more than 5 people and adhering to physical distancing. We appreciate your continued co-operation.”

For more information on open-air burning and fire permits visit

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Safety Tips for an open-air burn:

  1. An open air fire must be attended by the permit holder at all times. The fire must be completely extinguished before leaving the site.
  2. Burn only clean & dry wood material so not to create unnecessary smoke and nuisance to neighbours.
  3. Burning should only occur when conditions are safe. No wind and clear all vegetation and other material that could spread the fire.
  4. NEVER use flammable liquids, such as gasoline, to start your fire.
  5. Maintain close supervision of children and pets. 

For more Information Contact:

Jill Sturdy, Corporate Media Relations Officer

613-258-9569 ext. 155

John Okum, Director of Emergency & Protective Services / Fire Chief

613-258-9569 ext. 202