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  • Practice safe burning this summer

    Created: Friday, July 27, 2018

    With warm summer weather here, Central York Fire Services (CYFS) advises residents of Newmarket and Aurora to stay safe this summer when having outdoor fires by following the Towns' outdoor burning restrictions and bylaws.

    When having outdoor fires on your private property, please keep the following "Do's" and "Don'ts" in mind:

    DoDon't

    ·         Contain the fire in a chiminea, fire pit or an outdoor oven to control the spread of the flames. Remember to keep all containers on ground level and off of combustible surfaces such as a wooden deck.

    ·         Ensure any material being burned is contained within the confines of the appliance.

    ·         Create a safe distance (at least 13 feet or 4 metres) between the fire and your home, lot lines, trees, fences and vehicles.

    ·         Keep your fire small (under 30 inches in diameter and 40 inches in height).

    ·         Ensure you have a garden hose located in close proximity to the fire and have it connected to a pressurized water source.

    ·         Have an outdoor fire during a fire ban.

    ·         Let your outdoor fire burn between 11 p.m. and 8 a.m.

    ·         Burn any materials that create noxious odours, such as oil, grease, pressure treated wood, plastics, flammable liquids, yard waste, clothing and rags.

    ·         Burn any materials normally collected under the Towns' garbage, recycling or yard waste collection programs.

    ·         Have a fire on commercial/ industrial properties, a premise where construction is ongoing or when the direction or intensity of the wind may cause uncontrolled spread of fire to other combustible materials.

     

    Please remember to have an adult over the age of 18 present at all times while the fire is burning.

    For a full list of outdoor burning restrictions within the Towns of Newmarket and Aurora or for questions about outdoor burning, visit cyfs.ca/outdoorburning or call CYFS at 905-895-9222.