By Dan Rankin
Perth South’s Chief Building Official and By-Law Enforcement Officer Martin Feeney told Perth South Council this week about two burn ban violations that had taken place this month in the Blanshard ward.
“The Granton Fire Department was dispatched to one of the fires, and the fire chief of St. Marys was dispatched to the other and was on the site while the owner put out that fire,” Feeney said. “Both owners, we believe, knew that the fire ban was in place. They have been charged under part 1 of the Provincial Offences Act through our burn By-Law.”
An open air fire ban has been in place in Perth County since July 6. All burn permits in Perth County were suspended, and no new burn permits will be issued until the ban is lifted.
Open air fires are defined as any fire outside of a building and include bonfires, campfires, burn barrels, outdoor fireplaces/chimineas or any other fires set in open air. The only exceptions to the ban are cooking fires within approved campgrounds. Cooking fires are permitted on campsites from noon to midnight only. After midnight, all fires must be completely extinguished.
This fire ban is being imposed due to the extreme dryness of all vegetation in Perth County. Provincial forest and wild-land fire indicators are all at extreme levels.