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May 12, 2020



Recreational Fire Permit Suspension Lifted for CK

CHATHAM-KENT (May 12, 2020) – Please be advised that as of May 12, 2020, Chatham-Kent Fire & Emergency Services has lifted the municipal wide recreational (campfire) permit suspension that was put in place on April 1st.

All open burn permits are now active. Due to the flexible nature of Chatham-Kent’s Open Burn bylaw, CKFES assessed the risks and only suspended recreational permits, while still allowing safer, contained fires in approved devices available for the public to utilize and continued to support the agricultural industry during this difficult time by permitting open burns for farmers.

“This temporary suspension was implemented to reduce the risk of preventable fire spread as this has happened on a number of occasions in the last month and to safeguard our teams whilst we developed our PPE stocks and safety procedures,” explains Fire Chief Case.  “Along with our first responder colleagues the department has had to change its policies and procedures over the past two months with the aims of keeping our community and our staff safe.”

New protocols for dealing with open burn complaints have been developed and will be utilized over the long weekend to ensure the safety of the community and front line responders.

CKFES would like to thank the Chatham-Kent community for their support, understanding and sacrifice during this time.  The situation will continue to be monitored and every precaution will be taken to ensure the highest level of safety continues as the challenges of COVID-19 continue.

Applications for Recreational Permits & Open Air Burning Permits may only be obtained online at this time as our municipal service centers remain closed to the public. Please visit our website:

To submit your application you can: 

  • Scan and email application to; customer service representative will call for phone payment; permit will be emailed
  • Mail the application & payment to Customer Service 315 King St. W, PO Box 640 Chatham, ON  N7M 5K8; permit will be mailed
  • Drop off application & payment to a municipal centre drop box (Blenheim, Civic Centre, Dresden, Ridgetown, Tilbury, Wallaceburg); permit will be mailed

For more information, contact the Municipality of Chatham-Kent at 519-360-1998.




For additional information, please contact:


Whitney Burk

Public Educator

Chatham-Kent Fire & Emergency Services