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Kingston Fire & Rescue issues ban on open air burning

April 15, 2015 -

NOTE: This burn ban has been lifted.

A ban on open air burning has been issued today in the City of Kingston until further notice, according to Kingston Fire & Rescue.

Mild weather has increased the risk of fire.

"Currently, residents are seeing green grass everywhere, but may not realize that the dry winter has left significant amounts of dead brush in the fields and forests which adds greatly to the fuel load," says Paul Patry, assistant chief.

Kingston Fire & Rescue will watch to see what develops in the next few weeks. While the ban is in effect, no open air burning is permitted within the city limits. Violators face potential fines of up to $50,000 and make be liable for fire-suppression costs.

Residents are still able to use their household barbeque during the ban.

Those who live outside of the city limits are reminded to contact their fire department for information on local restrictions and permits.

About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 120,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. In 2014, it was named a Top 7 Smart Community by the Intelligent Community Forum. Our vision – to become Canada's most sustainable city – focusses our efforts on: environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality. Please visit www.CityofKingston.ca and join the conversation on social media.

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, communications officer, 613-546-4291, ext. 3116, or call the communications department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.