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Open Air Burn Ban Remains In Effect, Says Kingston Fire & Rescue

April 9, 2013 -

A ban on open air burning issued this weekend remains in effect in the City of Kingston until further notice, according to Kingston Fire & Rescue.

The ban was put in place on April 7, as dry weather and winds have resulted in extremely dry vegetation, especially in the rural areas of the city. When conditions improve, the ban will be lifted.

Open air burning remains prohibited at all times in the southern urban and suburban zones of the city. In the rural areas must still obtain approval for each fire. Full details on the "Policy on Open Air Burning" can be found at www.cityofkingston.ca/fire.

Acting Assistant Chief Paul Patry noted that firefighters have responded to several wildfires already this season. Violations of the fire ban may result in charges being laid under the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, in addition, the full cost of each response may be billed to the persons responsible.

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

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, Communications Officer 613-546-4291, ext. 3116 (cell 613-329-3462). Or call the City of Kingston's media hotline at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.