FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Niagara Falls, ON, July 12, 2018 – With the prolonged hot and dry weather, and in the interest of public safety, the City of Niagara Falls has issued a ban on all open air-burning until further notice.
Fire Chief Jim Boutilier called for a ban due to the recent hot and dry weather and the increased risk of a fire burning out of control by quickly spreading to nearby grass, plants and buildings. Included in the ban is all open-air burning which includes cooking fires, consumer fireworks and other types of outdoor burning.
The open-air burning ban will remain in place until the risk of fire spreading has been reduced to a manageable level by sustained rainfall and cooler temperatures. “This past weekend in Niagara-on-the-Lake we saw how fast fire can spread in dry conditions” stated Chief Boutilier. “We do not want to see anyone’s safety or property at risk from a fire during this period” added Chief Boutilier.
Barbecues and other gas appliances are permitted under the ban, but the Fire Department advises residents to be careful when cooking.
Residents who do not comply with the open air burning ban can be charged under Municipal By-law or the Ontario Fire Code and could face fines ranging from $2,000 to $50,000.
For more information, contact:
Ben Trendle, Chief Fire Prevention Officer
Niagara Falls Fire Department
Phone: 905-356-1321 ext. 2211