For Immediate Release
Temporary Fire Ban in Effect for the City of Cambridge-
Cambridge, Ontario. July 9, 2012… The City of Cambridge wishes to remind our citizens that a ban on open burning is in effect as a response to the extremely dry vegetation conditions and warm temperatures. The ban will remain in effect until further notice and until such time as it is deemed that the environmental conditions are safe to resume open burning.
“It’s important that the community recognize the open burn ban is in place throughout theCambridge community for safety reasons,” says Deputy Fire Chief Neil Main. “We’ll advise citizens when the ban is lifted.”
What’s the regular permit process when it’s ok to have an open fire?
Deputy Main notes that it is important to share the process by which to obtain a permit when the ban is lifted. Residents who wish to have non-cooking fires are required to get a permit from the Cambridge Fire Department (CFD) by contacting [email protected] or calling the Fire Prevention Division at (519) 621-6001. The following is the open fire permit process:
- Issuance of a permit requires an inspection by the CFD
- A fee is collected (presently $54.00)
- The area of burning must be at least 150 meters (492 feet) away from any building to ensure smoke disperses adequately. The fire must be less then one cubic meter in volume, supervised at all times, and a method of extinguishing the fire must be readily available
- Fires are not allowed on smog day alerts
- Gas and propane fired log sets are exempt from our open burning bylaw.
Open burning is governed by the City’s open burning by-law. The current ban is in place for public safety reasons. Communication updates will be available online at www.cambridge.ca.
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