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Kingston Fire & Rescue issues ban on open air burning
May 8, 2015 -
Kingston Fire & Rescue has issued a ban on open air burning due to the recent dry and windy weather.
"The weather forecast is showing continued generally dry conditions with little precipitation predicted for the area, so there is a higher risk of fire," says Paul Patry, assistant chief. He notes that, although residents are seeing green grass everywhere, the dryness in Kingston's rural areas poses a very significant risk of fire.
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.
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