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Open Air Burning

Open Air Burning Permits are required before setting any open fire. Effective April every year, day-time burning restrictions come into effect. Permits are available at the following locations:

  • Hoyt D. Wice Fire Station Office, 250 Main Street North,
  • The Municipal Office, 280 Main Street North.

To review the actual By-law please select “”2015-1446 – Establish Open Air Burning”" on the left hand side of the page, under By-laws.


The Ontario Fire Code

The Ontario Fire Code (Part 2 Section 2.6, Article states that “”open air burning shall not be permitted unless approved or unless such burning consists of a small, confined fire, supervised at all times, and used to cook food on a grill or barbeque”". The burning of any material in the open air within the Municipality of Callander is governed by By-law 2005-983, approved by Council on December 6, 2005.

By-law 2005-983 applies to the setting and control of fires in the open air on all lands within the geographical limits of the Municipality of Callander. A fire wholly contained within a permanent or portable barbeque used for the preparation of food for human consumption is not considered as an Open Air Fire under this By-law.

Before setting, or permitting the setting of, an Open Air Fire, the owner of the land upon which the fire is to be set must obtain a Fire Permit from the Fire Chief or his/her designated official.

Specific Restrictions

Fire Season Period: Open Air fires shall only be permitted to burn during the fire season during the period beginning 2 hours before sunset and ending 2 hours after sunrise. The fire season in Callander begins on the first day of April and ends on the last day of October each year.

Fires in Public Places: Open Air fires are not permitted in any highway, park, walkway, public land or on any Municipally-owned lands without written permission from the Fire Chief or his/her designated official.

Fires on Non-owned Lands: No person shall set or allow a fire to burn on any land he or she is not the registered owner of without the written permission of the registered owner.

Restricted Fire Zones: No person shall start, permit or allow the burning of any fire during or within a Restricted Fire zone.

Forbidden Materials: The burning of industrial waste, agricultural waste, domestic waste, petroleum products, rubber, painted (or treated) lumber, mixed demolition debris, any material that will cause excessive smoke or harmful fumes, as well as any other material identified in regulations contained in the Environmental Protection Act will not be permitted and is forbidden.

Fire Extinguishing Costs

If the Callander Fire and Emergency Services Department is called to respond to a fire either set or permitted to burn in violation of the By-law, the person who set the fire or allowed it to burn, as well as the owner of the land on which the fire occurred if he/she allowed the fire to be set or permitted the fire to burn, shall pay all costs incurred by the Callander Fire and Emergency Services Department to extinguish the fire. Costs included are those for all personnel, equipment and apparatus dispatched and used to extinguish the fire.

For an uncontrolled fire, costs will be applied at the rate of $175.00 per half hour (thirty minutes) for each firefighting apparatus accompanied with four (4) personnel; or crews of eight (8) personnel. Time will be charged from the receipt of the alarm through to the time all responding personnel leave the location of the fire and return to their respective stations.

If the costs of extinguishing an unauthorized open air fire are not paid, as outlined above, in addition to any other remedies the Municipality may have, the costs shall be recovered in the same manner as municipal property taxes in accordance with Section 398(2)2 of the Municipal Act S.O. 2001, c.25 against the owner of the land, if the owner set the fire, allowed the fire to burn or permitted the fire to be set or to burn, in violation of this By-law or any permit issued under this By-law.