Fire ban in effect

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The Municipalities of Kincardine and Saugeen Shores have declared an open air fire ban due to lack of rainfall and forecasted hot dry conditions. This ban applies to agricultural burns, brush pile burns and any burn that is greater than one metre in diameter.

The open air fire ban is in effect until further notice. Municipal bylaws have set fines and surcharges for those found to be in violation of the ban. If you have any questions regarding the ban, contact your local fire department.

Residents are allowed to have recreational fires in outdoor fireplaces, chimineas and camp fires. However, recreational fires must be small (less than one metre in diameter) and contained. Never leave your fire unattended and always have means to extinguish the fire readily available.

If you discover a fire, it is very important that you report it immediately by calling 911.

To prevent grass and brush fires, clear all combustible materials (such as tree limbs, leaves and other dry materials) away from buildings and propane tanks. Keep barbeque propane tanks at least three metres from buildings and wood piles should be stored a safe distance from your home. Trees should be pruned to create a good vertical separation from the ground. Clear out any accumulated dry or dead debris from your property. Take care when refueling equipment and avoid idling hot engines over or near dry vegetation.

Carelessly discarded cigarettes continue to be a major cause of grass fires during dry periods. Smokers are reminded to please use care when butting out. Do not throw lit cigarettes out vehicle windows.