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Open-Air Burning Restrictions in Effect for Scugog

background of fire with overlayed caption 'Burn Ban effective immediately, recreational burning allowed with permit' and Scugog Fire logo in top right corner

Scugog – Please be advised that effective immediately, open-air burning restrictions are in place banning ALL but recreational fires. Residents will be notified as conditions change.

During the restriction period, there will be zero tolerance for burning beyond Recreational Open-Air Fires; please be reminded that recreational fires are only allowed between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m.

Recreational Open-Air burning conditions include:

  • The fire area is no larger than sixty (60) centimeters in diameter.
  • The fire area is supervised at all times by a responsible person.
  • The fire area is within an approved area.
  • The fire is contained in a closed wood stove, small, enclosed appliance or pit designed for recreational open-air fires.
  • The fire is only used for recreational open-air fires.
  • The fire area does not violate any other laws, by-laws, rules or regulations including rules or regulations passed by any competent authority or otherwise set out in this By-law.
  • The fire shall be a minimum of five (5) meters from any structure, trailer, tent, flammable source, overhead wire, fence lines, trees, brush piles, property lines or combustible material of any nature whatsoever that could be ignited by flame, sparks or heat radiating from the said fire.
  • The fire is only permitted between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. (midnight).

Under Part 4 Enforcement and Penalties of the Open-Air Burning By-law 32-18, those having a fire during the burn ban can be charged under the Provincial Offences Act and will also be responsible for the costs associated with Fire Service response.

Fire Services will continue to sell burn permits during the burn ban in anticipation of the burn ban being lifted May 1. Permits are available on our Burning and Burn Permits page. Applying in advance allows residents to avoid application delays.

Quick Facts:

  • Outdoor burn barrels are generally intended for backyard bonfires and are not designed for recreational burning. These items are not permitted to be used during this period.
  • Outdoor appliances listed for use in Canada that utilize natural gas, electricity, propane, or charcoal as a fuel supply are permitted to be used during this period.


"Restricting open-air burning at this time is designed to help reduce the risk to residents, firefighters and property yet still allow residents to continue to enjoy our waterfront community. Hot temperatures and lack of significant rainfall has contributed to dry ground vegetation that can catch fire easily and spread rapidly” Residents are advised to monitor the Township website, for updates.” – Mark Berney, Fire Chief.

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