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Costly Bonfire for a Burford Man

A Burford Man is facing a hefty fine for having an open fire without a burn permit.

BURFORD - Not having a proper burn permit can prove to be a costly venture in Brant County. 

A homeowner was recently fined $1,350.00 after having a large fire behind their house in Burford. The fire was large enough that the Burford Station was called in to check it out. Upon investigation, it was determined that there was no burn permit obtained by the owner and items not allowed within the by-law were being burned.

Open Air Burn Permits are required when burning large amounts of brush or for large farm-type fires. A single occasion permit for Open Air Burning costs $125 which includes up to three days of burning. However, fees for the Fire Department to respond to calls are much more expensive. The minimum fee is $450 per truck, per hour or any part thereof.

Brant County Fire Chief Michael Seth says you need to have a permit for any kind of large fire. 

“Cooking fires are allowed if it consists of a small contained fire, supervised at all times and used to cook food on a grill or barbeque. Recreational fires are also allowed if it is contained in a fire pit, not larger than one meter, supervised at all times and is at least 15 meters away from a building, structure, hedge, fence, road way and property line. For both cooking and recreational fires, there is no need to call the Fire Department in advance to obtain a permit.”

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