Message from Augusta Fire Rescue:
Be advised effective Friday May 8th, 2020 at 8:00am, the Total Open-Air Burn Ban has been LIFTED by ALL municipalities within the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville, which includes Augusta Township and the separated municipalities of Brockville, Gananoque and Prescott.
The Ontario Fire Code states that ALL Open-Air Burning must be approved by the Chief Fire Official of our municipality, therefore residents are reminded to follow our Open Air Burning By-Law 3160-2015 and property owners MUST obtain a free burn permit prior to any burning.
All Open-Air burning will be strictly enforced with zero tolerance for violations of the Open-Air Burning By-Law. Failure to comply could result in significant financial penalties. Every violation of the Burning By-law 3160-2015 will result in a fine of $410.00. Should Augusta Fire Rescue be required to extinguish an open- air burn or a fire started by an open-air burn the fee is $485.00 per hour per fire apparatus on scene.
Some common violations of the Open-Air Burning By-law are:
• burning without a permit
• improper size of open-air fire
• burning of prohibited materials
• not keeping watch over the fire at all times
• Smoke causing decreased visibility on a road or adverse effect on any person
• improper incinerator
Although the Open-Air burn ban has been lifted, residents must continue to follow all Federal and Provincial Government COVID-19 Orders which include physical distancing and no gatherings of more than 5 people.
Reminder that failure to comply with Open Burning regulations could result in reinstating the burn ban.
We thank all residents for their patience and understanding while abiding by the Burn Ban and continuing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 through our communities and Fire Service.
Please contact us with any questions: 613-348-3455 ext. 201 or ext. 202.
*NOTE: Should you have any issues/questions when applying for your permit, please call Ashleigh, Operations & Fire Co-ordinator at (613) 348-3455 ext. 202 and leave a message. Your call will be returned as soon as possible. Thank you.