Fire Department

The Gillies Bay Volunteer Fire Department website can be found at www.gilliesbayvfd.ca

 

Burning Bans

Per GBID Bylaw No. 219 – Fire Regulations Bylaw, Section 23 – 28:

 

23. ”Open Air” Fires

A fire in the ”open air” means a fire out-of-doors, not contained in an Incinerator, excluding campfires.

a)     ”Open air fires” are allowed between October 16th and May 14th;

b)     a competent Person will supervise and keep under control any burning in the ”open air” and ensure that any equipment necessary for fire control is available;

c)     a competent Person will ensure that a fire in the ”open air” is located at least:

i)  3 m (10 feet) from any grass, shrubbery or wooden fence; and

ii) 6 m (20 feet) from any Building.

 

24. Backyard Burning (Category 2)

A Category 2 open fire is a fire that:

a)     burns material in one pile not exceeding 2 metres in height and 3 metres in width; or

b)     burns material concurrently in 2 piles each not exceeding 2 metres in height and 3 metres in width; or

c)     burns stubble or grass over an area that does not exceed 0.2 hectares (less than 2,000 square metres.);

d)     is not a campfire;

e)     anyone who lights, fuels or makes use of a Category 2 open fire must comply with the Environmental Management Act and Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation;

f)      backyard burning is allowed between October 16th and May 14th.

 

25. Incinerators

The owner of an Incinerator will ensure:

a)     that the authorized Incinerator is maintained in a condition that provides for proper combustion of any material burned;

b)     that while it is in use, a competent Person will supervise any burning and ensure that any equipment necessary for fire control is available;

c)     that the Incinerator is located at least:

i)  2m (6 feet) from any dry grass, shrubbery or wooden fence; and

ii) 4.5m (15 feet) from any Building

 

26. Campfires

Campfires are subject to bans and are regulated by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations and bans are posted as conditions change.

a)     campfires must not be larger than 0.5m x 0.5m (19″x19″);

b)     a shovel, and 8 L. of water must be available to extinguish the fire;

c)     a firebreak must surround the fire;

d)     campfire must never be left unattended;

e)     always ensure that the campfire is Extinguished and ashes are cool to touch before leaving the area.

 

27. Issuance

Except as provided in this bylaw, an Open Air Burning Ban will be implemented within the District each year between May 15th and October 15th. No Person will light, ignite, or maintain any fire or cause any fire to be lit, ignited, or maintained in the ”open air”. Back yard burning and Incinerators (burning barrels) included.

 

28. Total Burning Ban

When extremely dry conditions exist and the threat of wildfire is possible within the District a Total Burning Ban will be implemented. Campfires included.