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Open air burning ban issued for Kingston

July 6, 2016 -

The burn ban has been lifted.

Kingston Fire & Rescue has issued an open air burning ban due to poor air quality and recent dry weather conditions. Kingston Fire & Rescue would like to remind citizens to be very cautious when disposing of smoking materials. The ban comes into effect immediately and applies to all properties within the City of Kingston until further notice.

"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 Chief Fire Prevention Officer Paul Patry. Although residents are seeing green grass, the current state of dryness in the rural areas of the community poses a significant risk of fire.

While the ban is in effect, no open air burning is permitted within the City of Kingston. Violators face potential fines of up to $50,000 and may also be liable for fire suppression costs.

As weather conditions and the fire risk changes, Kingston Fire & Rescue will continue to update the status of the fire safety advisory.

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 more information contact:

Paul Patry, chief fire prevention officer, Kingston Fire & Rescue at 613-548-4001, ext. 5127 or call the City media hotline at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.