Open Air Burning
Open-air burning within the boundaries of the Township of Zorra is prohibited unless permission has been given by the Fire Chief in the form of a Fire Permit. Before starting a burn, you should be sure to review Regulation and Setting of Fires By-law 25-08 .
Not sure if you need a permit?
Take a look at our Open Air Burn Brochure which compares recreational fires to open air burns. Still have questions? Contact the Fire Chief at 519-485-2490 ext 240.
Open Air Burn Permit Process
The Township has introduced a Permanent Fire Permit process for open air burning. This process involves a one-time application which will reduce the effort required to set up permission for an open air burn. All applications will be reviewed by the Fire Chief and upon approval, the applicant will be able to proceed with open air burns by calling into dispatch directly to report the burn details. Review application form and conditions for the new permit, then complete your application! Please note - the process for small recreation burns within a ring or fire pit in backyard has not changed - these types of fires do not require a permit. Approved burn permit holders can call dispatch directly with details regarding a planned burn. The number for dispatch is 519-537-2323 (24 hours a day).
Recreational fires may be permitted which are contained within non-combustible containers or pits specifically designed for open-air burnings. Some General Provisions are listed below, however, please see By-law 25-08 Schedule B for all General Provisions:
- Burning may be conducted between the hours of 4pm and midnight only.
- No materials other than dry seasoned wood, commercially produced charcoal and briquettes may be burned
- Open-air burnings shall be confined to non-combustible containers or to a pit no larger than two feet by two feet with flames not exceeding 2 feet in height.
- The burning pit shall be confined to a location at least 15 feet in all directions from adjacent properties and or structures.
- An extinguishing agent of sufficient size and with the capability extinguishing the fire shall be immediately available for use.
- The fire shall be attended, controlled and supervised at all times and shall be completely extinguished before the site is vacated.
- Open-air burning is prohibited when the wind speed exceeds fifteen kilometres per hour or during rainy or foggy weather conditions or when a smog alert has been declared.