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City-wide burn ban begins on Saturday April 1

March 28, 2017 - As is usual practice at this time of year, Kawartha Lakes Fire Rescue Service will be imposing a burn ban in effect on Saturday April 1, 2017.

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

"We have noticed over the last couple of years that we are responding to less grass fires as residents are cooperating with the burn ban," said Fire Chief Mark Pankhurst. "Grass fires place our residents and firefighters in unnecessary danger. The April burn ban helps reduce the risks and unnecessary costs associated with these fires."

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

"Although the ground may appear saturated or still have snow cover in some areas of the municipality, 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," commented Chief Pankhurst.

Under section 8.03 of By-law 2016-10, 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
fireprevention@city.kawarthalakes.on.ca

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