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Kingston Fire & Rescue issues total open air burn ban due to fire hazard risk

July 18, 2018 -

Kingston Fire & Rescue has issued a total ban on open air burning, due to the recent dry conditions.

The total ban comes into effect immediately and applies to all properties within Kingston until further notice. Violators face potential fines of up to $50,000 and may also be liable for fire suppression costs.

"Once again, the forecast shows dry conditions for next while, with little precipitation predicted for the area, so there is a higher risk of fire," says Ted Posadowski, Chief Fire Prevention Officer.

The fire ban applies to all outdoor burning, including campfires, agricultural burns and brush burn piles.

Be vigilant when discarding cigarette butts, matches and other items that can cause a spark and/or fire. Additionally, fireworks, flying lanterns, contained fires or open flames are considered open air burning and are prohibited during this fire ban. The only exemption is preparing your meals on a propane and natural gas barbecues.

As weather conditions and fire risk change, Kingston Fire & Rescue will continue to update the status of this total open air burn ban.

Watch for burn ban updates and find guidelines for open air burning at www.CityofKingston.ca/FirePrevention.

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