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City-wide burn ban begins on Friday April 1, 2016

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March 28, 2016 - Kawartha Lakes Fire Rescue Service will be imposing a burn ban in effect on Friday April 1, 2016.

As in the past, the ban will be in place for the entire month. Residents will be informed when the ban is lifted.

“Each year we respond to numerous unnecessary and preventable grass fires during the month of April,” said Fire Chief Mark Pankhurst. “These fires place our residents and firefighters in unnecessary danger. The cost of responding to these fires places a tremendous strain on the fire department budget. By implementing the April burn ban annually we will mitigate the risks and reduce unnecessary costs associated with these fires.”

The ban does not apply to those with Agricultural or Special Burn Permits as special conditions already apply to these permits. However, safe practices should be followed at all times when burning.

“Despite the fact that the ground appears to be saturated or still perhaps has a bit of snow covering the northern areas of the city, the southern end of the city can be completely arid,” said Chief Pankhurst. “Dry grass and debris catch fire easily and flames spread quickly. Typically by the end of April things have greened up and the risk of grass fires is dramatically reduced.”

Under section 8.03 of the by-law, those setting a fire during a burn ban can be charged under the Provincial Offences Act and will also be responsible for the costs incurred by fire control.

The City of Kawartha Lakes thanks all residents for their cooperation and assistance during this time.

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For more information please contact:

Fire Prevention Office
705-324-5731 Extension 545
mpankhurst@city.kawarthalakes.on.ca

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