Open Burning

An Open Burning Bylaw is in effect in Lakeshore. Identified in the Bylaw are 5 burning categories, parameters for approved fires and fee when unauthorized burns occur.

Anyone starting a fire must be at least 18 years of age. No permission is required if rules are followed for all categories except open burning.

  • Campground Camp Fires
    • Maximum size 18" x 18" x 18"
    • Only clean dry wood or charcoal
    • Must have bucket of water or garden hose at site and someone attending
    • Exempt from both smoke complaints and bylaw setback distances
    • Not permitted during rain, fog, smog alerts or fire bans
    • Only applies to: Rochester Place, Lighthouse Yacht Club, Smugglers Marina, Cove Marina, Quinlan Marina and Stoney Point Trailer Park
  • Residential Camp Fires
    • Maximum size 24" x 24" x 24"
    • Only clean dry wood or charcoal
    • Must have bucket of water or garden hose at site and someone attending
    • Center of fire must be minimum of 10' from hedges, fence, buildings, etc.
    • Center of fire must be a minimum of 15' from property lines
    • Not allowed when wind could cause smoke annoyance to neighbours
    • Not allowed during rain, fog, smog alerts or fire bans
    • Not allowed on or close to construction sites
  • Enclosed Fire - 45 gallon drum type
    • Only clean dry wood or charcoal
    • Must have bucket of water or garden hose at site and someone attending
    • Center of fire must be minimum of 10' from hedges, fence, buildings, etc.
    • Center of fire must be a minimum of 15' from property lines
    • Requires wire mesh cover with maximum .25" grid openings
    • Not allowed when wind could cause smoke annoyance to neighbours
    • Not allowed during rain, fog, smog alerts or fire bans
    • Not allowed on or close to construction sites
    • Not allowed on highways, ditches, commercial, industrial or municipal properties
  • Open Burning - larger than residential camp fire - permission required
    • Not allowed on highways, ditches, commercial, industrial or municipal properties
    • Not allowed when wind could cause smoke annoyance to neighbours
    • Not allowed during rain, fog, smog alerts or fire bans
    • Not allowed on or close to construction sites
    • Not allowed after sunset or before sunrise
    • Must have sufficient equipment and/or water on site to suppress the fire
    • Smoke cannot decrease visibility on highways
    • Cannot dispose of waste from commercial, industrial, construction or demolition sites
    • A 3' x 3' x 3' wood pile requires a minimum 21' distance from combustibles and property lines
    • Larger fires require larger setback as determined by fire administration
    • Farmers can burn vegetable matter or vegetation incidental to typical farming operations which include: brush, wheat stubble, corn stubble, tree branches/stumps and vegetation debris from excavated farm ditch and drain cleaning
    • Clean dry wood or charcoal can be burned
    • Burning leaves, cat tails, phragmites, garbage, plastics, rubber and shingles, etc. is not permitted
    • All open burning requires permission from fire administration
  • Domestic Appliance Burning
    • Personal warmth device is fuelled by clean dry wood and is ULC and CSA approved
    • Must follow manufacturers recommendations for setback distances and operation
    • Must have bucket of water or garden hose at site and someone attending
    • Not allowed when wind could cause smoke annoyance to neighbours
    • Not allowed during rain, fog, smog alerts or fire bans

Personal warmth devices fuelled by propane and/or natural gas, barbeques and outdoor fire places used for cooking are not covered under the scope of this bylaw.

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Date edited: 09/29/2017
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