COCHRANE FIRE DEPARTMENT
August 6, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
RE-INSTATEMENT OF FIRE PERMITS IN THE RURAL AREA
The Cochrane Fire Departments will start issuing fire permits effective August 10th, 2020.
Burning of brush and grass account for 23% of our calls, the fire department had postponed issuing permits during the initial stage of Covid to prevent our volunteers from attending to calls that were not an emergency in nature.
What type of fire is permitted without a permit?
- Any backyard fire in a fire pit, this applies to both the urban and rural area.
Open Air Burning of brush or grass requires a permit in the rural area, the permits are free and can be filled out, signed and returned to the Fire Hall located at 23-Fifth Street, as a convenience we have a mail box outside at the hall. Permits are available via the town website http://www.cochraneontario.com/document/open-air-burning-permit-application/
**Conditions for Open Air Burning**
THE FIRE SHALL BE SUPERVISED AT ALL TIMES
- Permits are not valid between 08:00 hours & 18:00 hours on any day
- Piles of debris not to be more than 2 meters in diameter & less than 2 meters high unless APPROVED
- Grass burning not to exceed 1 hectare and the flaming edge not to exceed 30 meters at any one time
- Sufficient man power & firefighting equipment shall be at the fire site to control the fire
- No burning in high winds or high hazard ratings
- Burning permits may be revoked by the Cochrane Fire Department, By-law Officer, OPP, Ministry of Natural Resources or any Government Agency having jurisdiction
In the event of a RESTRICTED FIRE ZONE, declared by the MNR, ALL BURNING must be extinguished, at your expense! Failure to do so could result in charges under the FPPA.
For more information please contact the fire department at 705-272-6758
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