Friday (April 1, 2022) marks the official end-to-day burning and the beginning of the controlled burning season as we head into spring.

Kenora Fire and Emergency Services Chief, Kent Readman says the controlled burning season will be in effect until October 31, when residents can start burning in the evening two hours before sunset until two hours after sunrise.

“The fire has to be controllable by the person igniting it, they need to have the right extinguishing materials or agents on-site to put the fire out if it did get out of control,” said Readman.

He wants people to be aware of their surroundings before starting a fire as well.

“How dry things actually are, keeping those fires smaller. Wind conditions things along that line. If it’s a windy night maybe push the fire to the next night as the wind can push some sparks and embers around.”

For anything more than a campfire that is larger than 1 m round and 1/2 meter high, and contained by rock, metal, or cement, Readman noted that a permit will be required.

Permit information and fire regulations can be found on the City of Kenora website.

“Making sure everything is safe also keeping in mind with the nicer weather when things warm up there’s always the possibility of us going into a Restricted Fire Zone.”

When a city-wide fire ban is issued, or a Restricted Fire Zone is declared by the Province, all burn permits are canceled and no outside burning or fireworks displays are allowed. 

If caught burning outside of the perimeters people could be subject to a $200 and up fine through the Provincial Offences Act. If the fire gets too out of hand Readman said people could go through a bill-back service where the fire department would provide a bill for what it cost to put out the fire.