Open Air Burning
Open Air Burning - General Information:
Open Air Fire Permits are required for all Township of Huron-Kinloss properties wishing to conduct open air burning and for Township of Huron-Kinloss property owners, residents and/or tenants wishing to have a beach fire. (Effective January 01, 2017).
Open Air Fire and Beach Fire permit fees: $10.00 per year. - Permits expire on December 31 of each year.
Open Air Fire Permits are not transferable.
Beach Fire Permits are issued to a specific property and are transferable to the occupants and/or users of such property.
No person under the age of eighteen (18) years may apply for, or obtain, a Fire Permit.
Recreational Fires (Camp Fires) that comply with the regulations and are contianed to your own property or a property in which an individual has permission to use are exempt from requiring a Fire Permit under the Open Air Burning By-law. (See Regulations below)
Regulations - Section 18.
In order to obtain a Permit, the property on which the Open Air Fire is to occur must comply with the following, except if it is a Beach Fire or Recreational Fire:
(a) The property must be outside of any Settlement Areas;
(b) The property must have a lot size greater than 1 acre (0.4047 hectares); and
(c) The sole purpose of the Open Air Fire must be the disposal of materials other than Prohibited Materials.
Open Air Fires - Section 19.
A person who obtains a Fire Permit for an Open Air Burn, shall comply with the following regulations at all times:
(a) Open Air Fires shall not be set, lit, ignited or maintained, within 100 feet (30 meters) of any Building or structure, grass, grain field, bush, or wood lot;
(b) Open Air Fires shall not exceed 20 feet (6 meters) in diameter, or an area of 20 ft. x 20 ft. (6m x 6m);
(c) The stacked height of the materials to be burned in an Open Air Fire shall not exceed 6 feet (2 meters);
(d) Open Air Fires shall not be set, lit, ignited or maintained, if winds exceed 10 mph (16 km/h);
(e) Prior to setting, lighting or igniting an Open Air Fire, the person who obtained the Permit shall notify the Chief Fire Official; and,
(f) Appropriate extinguishing agents (e.g. water hose, sand, fire extinguishers, tractors and/or plows) shall be on-hand at all times during the preparation of the Open Air Fire, while the Open Air Fire is underway, and until the Open Air Fire is fully and completely extinguished.
Recreational Fires - Section 20.
Recreational Fires shall comply with the following regulations at all times:
(a) Recreational Fires must be in Approved Fire Pits;
(b) Recreational Fires shall not exceed 3.28 feet (1 meter) in diameter, or an area of 3.28 ft. x 3.28 ft. (1m x 1m);
(c) the stacked height of materials being burned in a Recreational Fire shall not exceed 3.28 feet (1 meter) in height;
(d) Recreational Fires may only be used for warmth or the cooking of food;
(e) only Firewood may be used as the combustible material in a Recreational Fire;
(f) Recreational Fires shall not be set, lit, ignited or maintained, within 15 feet (3 meters) of any Building or structure, grass, grain field, bush, or wood lot; 21684573.3
(g) Recreational Fires shall not be set, lit, ignited or maintained if winds exceed 10 mph (16 km/h);
(h) appropriate extinguishing agents (e.g. water hose, sand, fire extinguishers, tractors and/or plows) shall be on-hand at all times during the preparation of the Recreational Fire, while the Recreational Fire is underway, and until the Recreational Fire is fully and completely extinguished; and,
(i) Recreational Fires shall only be set, lit, ignited or maintained on a property with the consent of the Owner and evidence of such consent shall be provided to the Township, in writing, upon request, or else the Recreational Fire shall be immediately extinguished.
Beach Fires - Section 21
Notwithstanding any other provision of this by-law:
(a) one must apply for and obtain a Permit for a Beach Fire in accordance with the provisions of this by-law;
(b) only Owners or Tenants who have been Owners or Tenants within the Township may apply for and obtain Permits for Beach Fires;
(c) Beach Fires shall comply, at all times, with the provisions of sections 20(a) to 20(h) of this by-law and, where those provisions use the term “Recreational Fires”, for the purposes of this section, the term “Beach Fires” shall be substituted;
(d) Beach Fires shall not be located on the beach so as to disturb pedestrians, vegetation or sand dunes; and,
(e) Beach Fires shall be completely extinguished following their use, the area surrounding the Beach Fire shall be cleaned and cleared of all waste or refuse, and the extinguished Beach Fire shall then covered with sand.
How to Apply for an Open Air Fire and Beach Fire Permit:
Click the online permit application link below and fill out the information then click send when finished.
Once the information has been submitted and the $10.00 fee has been paid a permit will be issued and can be emailed back to the applicant.
2. By Mail:
Download the “application for burn permit” Fill and Print PDF application. Complete and mail or email with payment to the:
Township of Huron-Kinloss,
21 Queen St,,
Ripley, ON, N0G 2R0,
Attn: Fire Chief.
Attend the Township of Huron-Kinloss Office at 21 Queen St in Ripley. Fill out an application for Open Air Burn Permit. Pay the $10.00 permit fee and then the permit will be issued.
Permits are Valid for the calendar year and will expire at 11:59PM on the 31rst of December of each year.
Report an Open Air Burn:
Once you have obtained a permit, the permit holder is required to report to the Fire Department prior to igniting a fire.
To report an open air fire please click the “report a burn” link below or call the Township Office at 519-395-3735 ext. 164
Burn Permit Payment Options:
Online Bill Payment to “Township of Huron-Kinloss” through online banking
Mail in Cheque or Money Order
In-person at the Township Office
- Fire Permit Application Form (91 KB)
- Consolidated Open Air Burning By-Law (402 KB)
21 Queen Street, P.O. Box 130, Ripley ON N0G 2R0