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Hamilton Fire Department issues Open Air Burning Ban

HAMILTON, ON – July 21, 2016 – Due to current dry weather conditions coupled with the continued forecast of extreme temperatures with no appreciable rain in the near future, the Hamilton Fire Department has issued an immediate ban on all open air burning in the City of Hamilton.  This ban suspends all approved Open Air Burning Permits.

The ban will remain in effect until further notice to ensure public safety.

What is included in the ban?

The Open Air Burning ban includes:

  • burning of clean wood and brush
  • outdoor campfires
  • all outdoor wood burning appliances

It is highly recommended that citizens also refrain from using other outdoor flame producing devices until further notice such as:

  • natural gas flame logs 
  • propane-fuelled fireplaces
  • patio torches
  • outdoor candles 

Citizens are further reminded that all smokers’ materials should be fully extinguished before being discarded in proper non-combustible containers.

The Hamilton Fire Department would like to thank all citizens for their anticipated co-operation during this ban. We would also like to remind citizens that any person found to be conducting open air burning in contravention of the ban, is guilty of an offence and subject to charges being filed in Provincial Offences Court.

The Hamilton Fire Department will continue to monitor the weather conditions and issue a subsequent media release when the open air burning ban is lifted. Citizens may also check www.hamilton.ca/fire for information on when the ban will be lifted.