Outdoor Safe Burning

Goulais Fire & Rescue does not issue Burning Permits

The Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) strongly suggests composting or using a chipper to dispose of woody debris or grass.  If you must burn, the MNR would like to remind you that there are regulations that must be followed.  

These regulations are in effect from April 1st to October 31st each year.  

A person failing to burn safely can be held responsible for the cost of putting out the fire (should it escape) and for any property damage.  

No open burning is permitted under any circumstance in a Restricted Fire Zone.

Brush Piles
You can burn piled wood, brush, leaves or wood by-products without a fire permit provided the following conditions are met: 

1.  The fire is ignited no sooner than two hours before sunset and extinguished no later than two hours after sunrise.  
2.  Only a single pile is burned at any one time.  
3.  The pile is not more than two metres in diameter and less than two metres high.  
4.  The fire is at least two metres from any flammable materials.  
5.  You have tools or water adequate to contain the fire to the fire site.  
6.  A responsible person tends the fire until it is extinguished. 

 

Incinerators
You can burn piled wood, brush, leaves or wood by-products in an incinerator, without a fire permit, provided all of the following conditions are met: 

1.  The incinerator is an enclosed device constructed entirely of non-combustible material.  
2.  The incinerator is covered by a screen having a mesh size of not more than five millimetres.  
3.  The incinerator is at least five metres from any forest or woodland.  
4.  The incinerator is at least two metres from any flammable material.  
5.  A responsible person monitors the fire until it is extinguished. 

 

Grass Burning
You can burn areas of grass or leaf littler on land you lawfully occupy or give permission to burn grass and leaf littler on land you lawfully occupy, without a fire permit, provided all of the following conditions are met: 

1.  The fire is ignited no sooner than two hours before sunset and extinguished no later than two hours after sunrise.  
2.  The total area to be burned does not exceed one hectare.  
3.  The flaming edge of the fire does not exceed 30 metres in length.  
4.  A responsible person tends the fire until it is extinguished.  
5.  You have tools or water adequate to contain the fire to the fire site.