Open Air Burning Policy
All residential property owners
The ability to burn in the Township of Ramara is by approval of the Chief Fire Official as per O.Reg. 213/07 (2007 Ontario Fire Code), Article 188.8.131.52. In order to be granted permission to burn in the Township of Ramara, the Chief Fire Official requires that the following requirements be maintained during all burning, as per Bylaw 2012.13 ;
- There is no declared fire ban in effect;
- The air quality advisory is less than 70 as determined by Environment Canada;
- The volume of material being burned is no larger in size than 1 metre cubed;
- The fire is surrounded by non-combustible material to prevent spread;
- The fire is a minimum of 5 metres from a dwelling, building, structure, and property line;
- The fire is supervised at all times;
- The direction of smoke does not hinder traffic or the quality of life of neighbouring people;
- Wind speed will have no adverse effect on control of the fire;
- The materials being burned are organic in nature such as dry wood, leaves, grass and paper; and
- The owner of the property has granted permission to individual to open air burn.
Bona fide farmers
Approval to open air burn is granted to a bona fide farmer by the Chief Fire Official when the individual leaves the name, address, date and time of the start and completion of the open air burn with Fire and Rescue Services and subject to the following criteria:
· There is no declared fire ban in effect;
· The air quality advisory is less than 70 as determined by Environment Canada;
· The volume of material being burned is contained in no more than three piles of a maximum size of 5 metres by 5 metres by 2 metres high each;
· The fire surrounded by non-combustible material to prevent spread;
· The fire is a minimum of 7 metres from a dwelling, building, structure, and property line;
· The fire is supervised at all times;
· The direction of the smoke does not hinder traffic or the quality of life of neighbouring people;
· Wind speed will have no adverse effect on control of the fire;
· The materials being burned are organic in nature such as dry wood, leaves, grass and paper, and;
· The owner of the property has granted permission to the bona fide farmer to open air burn.
All whom open air burn in Ramara
Where the Fire and Rescue Services of the Township attend a property where
the open air burn does not comply, in the opinion of the attending fire personnel,
to the requirements listed above, the fire may be extinguished in the following
a) by the owner when ordered to do so by the attending fire personnel; or
b) by Fire and Rescue Services with the property owner being invoiced
for the work in accordance with the Township’s Fees and Charges
The property owner is responsible for damage to property or interference to a
person’s health caused by the burning or its effects.
Bona fide farmers
If an individual and / or bona fide farmer desires to open air burn material that
does not comply with the criteria above, permission to do so may be granted by
the Chief Fire Official upon inspection of the site for the open air burn and
agreement is reached with the owner of the property of the protective measures
Due to changes made to the Open Air Burning Bylaw on March 10, 2014, flying/floating lanterns, as defined below, are prohibited within the Township of Ramara. No person shall ignite or release into the air, an ignited flying lantern or floating lantern within the Township.
Flying Lantern means a small hot air balloon made of treated paper or any other
material, with an opening at the bottom, which is propelled by an open flame
generated by a small candle or fuel cell, allowing the balloon to rise and float in
the air, uncontrollably while ignited.
Floating Lantern means a lantern made of a material or candle that floats on the
surface of the water or on a device that floats on the surface of the water which
has an open flame and floats uncontrollably while ignited.
Fireworks for family or informal neighbourhood use are permitted within the Township of Ramara.