Safe Burning Practices

Safe burning helps to protect our homes and communities from the threat of fire.

  1. Make sure you have a valid Fire Permit. We permit to avoid this:
  2. If a fire ban is issued your fire permit will be suspended or cancelled and your fire must be extinguished.
  3. Do not leave any fire unattended.
  4. Do not burn in winds in excess of 12 km per hour.
  5. Have an adequate water supply or equipment present while burning in case you need to put the fire out quickly.
  6. Position your burn barrel/incinerator at least 30 metres away from any structures or standing timber. View our Fire Pits & Burn Barrel specifications for more information.
  7. Do not burn any prohibited debris. Prohibited debris is any inflammable waste that, when burned, may result in the release of dense smoke, offensive odours or toxic substances. This includes but is not limited to:
    1. Animal manure
    2. Pathological waste
    3. Non-wooden material
    4. Combustible material in automobile bodies
    5. Tires
    6. Rubber or plastic
    7. Used oil

Safe Burning When Clearing Land

  • Whenever possible, try to avoid building piles in muskeg areas
  • Whenever possible, use a brush rake or excavator to build piles
  • Try to eliminate as much dirt from the roots and pack the windrows as tight as possible
  • Build windrows across the direction of the prevailing wind
  • Ensure that windrows are not longer than 60 metres (200 feet)
  • Ensure that a minimum 8 metre (25 feet) break is created between the ends of each windrow
  • Ensure that all windows/piles are 25 metres (75 feet) from standing timber
  • Ensure that a minimum of 15 meters (50 feet) bare mineral soil guard is created around all windrows/piles

For more information see our safe burning distances and other requirements [PDF - 179 KB] and Fire Prevention page.