Effective immediately, Chatham-Kent Fire & Rescue has suspended all permits issued for both agricultural and recreational fires (campfires) within the Municipality of Chatham-Kent.
This ban will be implemented under section 7.1 of the Bylaw - ‘The Fire Chief Official or designate may issue a burn ban on any or all Open-Air Fires or may suspend without recourse any or all Burn Permits’.
The suspension is being implemented due to current dry conditions, lack of rain in the forecast, and the continuing air quality concerns and will be ongoing while officials monitor the situation.
“We would like to thank residents for doing their part and for understanding the ban has been put in place to protect our community during the continued dry weather conditions and poor air quality concerns,” explains Assistant Fire Chief Ken Labonte. “Also, our local farmers and the Kent Federation of Agriculture for support and working with us.”
Officials are expecting the ban will be short in length. Approved Burning Devices, such as gas fire tables, chimineas and contained fireboxes no larger than 24 inches in diameter are not included in the suspension. If you are using an Approved Device, please do so responsibly and ensure the unit is located in an area that will not pose a risk for fire spread.
Anyone with questions can contact customer service at 519-360-1998 or visit ckfire.ca for more information.