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Letter from Callander's Fire Chief Todd Daley

2020 FIRE PERMIT APPLICATION FORM

OPEN-AIR BURNING PERMITTED IN THE MUNICIPALITY OF CALLANDER EFFECTIVE AT 12:01AM ON MAY 16, 2020 - OPEN-AIR BURNING PERMIT APPLICATION FORM

INSTRUCTIONS FOR PURCHASING A FIRE PERMIT  (please allow one full business day for processing)

(1)       Download the fire permit form from the following link:

OPEN-AIR BURNING PERMIT APPLICATION

(2)     The registered property owner must complete the form (you can type in the required fields electronically), sign and print.

(3)     Place the completed fire permit form along with a cheque in the exterior drop box located outside the main doors of the Municipal Office (280 Main Street North).

          If you do not have cheques, please call 705-752-1410, Ext. 221 or e-mail info@callander.ca to make arrangements during business hours (8:30am – 4:30pm).

(4)     Upon receipt of fire permit forms and payment, our staff will sign the permit and number it to validate.  This will be sent to you via e-mail to the address provided, together with a receipt. 

(5)     Once you receive the e-mail back from the Municipality, please ensure you print and keep this valid copy on site where you are burning. 

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May 15, 2020 letter from Callander's Fire Chief

 

May 15, 2020

OPEN-AIR BURNING PERMITTED IN THE MUNICIPALITY OF CALLANDER

Hi,

Effective at 12:01 am on May 16, 2020, open-air burning is permitted in the Municipality of Callander.

 

From Ministry if Natural Resources:

At 12:01 a.m. on May 16, 2020, Ontario is lifting the Restricted Fire Zone (RFZ) designation that was put in place last month across Ontario's fire region.  The province will continue to assess forest fire hazard conditions and an RFZ designation may be reinstated in higher risk areas if conditions deteriorate. These restrictions are put in place in order to reduce the number of preventable human-caused fires and lower the risk of wildfires impacting the public.

 

First off, to the residents of Callander, thank you for complying with the fire ban regulations.  I know it was weird having a fire ban during a snowstorm, but I think it is fair to say, during these unprecedented times, “weird” has a new meaning.

 

Please read all the following information, to ensure that you comply with the Municipality of Callander’s Open- Air By-law:

 

You must have a valid Open-Air Burning Permit (aka Fire Permit) for all burning on your property.

 

However, from midnight tonight until midnight on Tuesday we will not be issuing tickets for burning without a permit.  In other words, this weekend, if you do not have a fire permit you can still have a fire.  This applies only to burning without a permit.  If you are in violation of all other regulations, tickets may be issued.

 

On Wednesday, May 20, you will need to purchase a fire permit before you have a fire.

 

PURCHASING A FIRE PERMIT

On Wednesday, May 20, 2020, please go to the municipal website – www.mycallander.ca.  Instructions will be posted on how to purchase fire permits.

 

Rules for Open-Air Burning:

The following are some of the key regulations regarding open-air burning.  Please refer to the Open-Air By-law 2015-1446 for all the regulations - www.mycallander.ca

 

  • Daytime burning is not permitted, from April 1to October 31, inclusive. During this time, burning is only permitted 2 hours prior to sunset and must be out 2 hours after sunrise.

 

  • If you live in the urban settlement area, fires cannot be larger than 60cm x 60cm x 60cm (2 feet x 2 feet x 2 feet).

 

  • The fire must be in a safe location – away from structures, combustible material removed from around the fire pit, ideally on rock or bare soil, with a fire ring or rocks around it.

 

  • Fires can only be set on private property. If you are a tenant (i.e. not the property owner), you need the permission, in writing, from the property owner.

 

  • Fires must always be attended until the fire is completely out. If you have embers in the fire pit, the fire is not out.

 

  • You must have a means of keeping the fire under control (e.g. charged garden hose, shovels, buckets of water) and this must be near the fire pit.

 

  • If the wind exceeds 20 km/h, fires are not permitted.

 

  • If the smoke creates a nuisance (i.e. bothers the neighbours) then you need to extinguish the fire.

 

  • You can only burn untreated wood. Burning garbage, plastics, etc. is not permitted.

 

FIREWORKS

You must have a valid Open-Air Burning Permit (aka Fire Permit) to discharge consumer fireworks on your property.

 

However, from midnight tonight until midnight on Tuesday we will not be issuing tickets for discharging consumer fireworks without a permit.  In other words, this weekend, if you do not have a fire permit you can still discharge consumer fireworks.  This applies only to discharging consumer fireworks without a permit.  If you are in violation of all other regulations, tickets may be issued.

 

On Wednesday, May 20, you will need to purchase a fire permit before you can discharge consumer fireworks.

 

Rules for Discharging Consumer Fireworks:

The following are some of the key regulations regarding discharging consumer fireworks.  Please refer to the Setting of Consumer Fireworks By-law 2012-1335 for all the regulations - www.mycallander.ca

 

  • No person(s) or owner(s) of land shall:
  • Discharge consumer fireworks except between sunset and 11:00 pm.
  • Set off or discharge consumer fireworks on any land of which he/she is not the registered owner, without the written permission of the registered owner.
  • No person shall discharge consumer fireworks into, inside of, or on any building, accessory building, structure, or motor vehicle.
  • Every person to whom a permit is issued for the discharge of consumer fireworks shall immediately after the conclusion of the setting off or discharge of consumer fireworks, carry out a site inspection and remove all unused or partly used consumer fireworks from the site and dispose of or store accordingly.

 

PENALTIES

Please adhere to the rules surrounding open-air burning and discharging of consumer fireworks.  Falling to do could lead to catastrophic outcomes.

 

I must remind you that penalties, for violating these By-laws can range from $200.00 to $600.00.  Further, if you set a fire or discharge fireworks and it leads to a fire you can be charged for all the costs to extinguish the fire.  For example, each Callander Fire apparatus is billed at $485.00 per hour.

 

SOCIAL DISTANCING

For the past two months, we have been living in a “new normal”.  I am so impressed with everyone’s compliance with the social distancing guidelines, your ability to adapt to these times, and your patience.

 

The province is starting to “open up”, businesses are opening, and the restriction on activities are being reduced.  Sitting by a campfire is one of those activities, that many of us enjoy, therefore the restriction on this activity is being lifted.

 

However, now is not the time to relax and throw all your hard work out the door and we end up back where we were.  Please continue to adhere to the social distancing guidelines.

 

Remember, gatherings of people greater than 5 are not permitted.  This does not apply to immediate family members (i.e. people living in the same household).  If there are gatherings of greater that 5 people, each person could be subject to a set fine of $800.00

 

Enjoy the time with your family around the campfire.  Stay safe and stay healthy.

 

All the best,

 

 

 

 

 

Todd Daley

Fire Chief, CEMC

 

Office – (705) 752-1410 x225

Fax – (705) 752-3550

 

e-Mail – tdaley@callander.ca

 

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