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Kingston Fire & Rescue lifts open-air burn ban

August 23, 2016 -

Kingston Fire & Rescue has lifted the open-air burning ban that has been in effect for the last several weeks across the entire municipality. The increase in precipitation has allowed the ban to be lifted, but Kingston Fire & Rescue reminds citizens to remain very cautious with outdoor fires and to observe the guidelines in the City of Kingston's Open Air Burning Policy (see www.CityofKingston.ca/residents/emergency-services/kingston-fire-rescue/open-air-burning).

Open air burning is defined as any fire intentionally ignited outside of a structure or building. The Ontario Fire Code prohibits all open-air burning except for small confined cooking fires and other fires that have been "approved" by the Chief Fire Official.

Chief fire prevention officer Paul Patry advises that: "Although we have had some recent precipitation, the effects of the drought conditions will most likely remain a risk factor for the rest of the summer and fall seasons. Vegetation, brush and trees will remain brittle."

Please check the municipal website or call 613-548-4001 ext. 5156 to check if open air burning is permitted as weather conditions and the fire risk changes. Kingston Fire & Rescue will continue to update the status of the fire safety advisory.

For additional Kingston Fire & Rescue fire safety and prevention guidelines, see www.CityofKingston.ca/fire.

About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 125,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. Kingston is focusing on being smart and livable as it pursues its vision to become Canada's most sustainable city. We focus on environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality –ensuring that today's decisions don't compromise our future.  Please visit www.CityofKingston.ca and join the conversation on social media.

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For further Information:
Paul Patry
Chief Fire Prevention Officer
613-548-4001 ext. 5127 or
Kingston Fire & Rescue
Communications Centre
613-548-4001 ext. 5156