Due to the early arrival of warm weather the Ottawa Fire Services has placed a burn ban into effect in order to prevent the rapid spread of fire due to grass and brush fires. This ban will remain in place until conditions improve and the green grass starts to show through tall dead grass.
Yesterday’s grass fire at Hunt Club Road and Mac Street was a prime example of how fires, fuelled by dry grass and driven by unpredictable winds, can progress very rapidly along the ground at this time of year.
Also, wet ground conditions make it difficult for firefighters and their vehicles to mobilize quickly to a brush fire. Spring fire bans are common practice across Ontario.
Carelessly discarded cigarettes continue to be a major cause of grass fires during these dry periods. Smokers are reminded to please use care when butting out. Do not throw lit cigarettes outside vehicle windows.
Residents are reminded that they must first obtain a Fire Permit before they have a fire in the open air. Permit holders are then required to call 613-580-2880 prior to burning to ensure there is not a burn ban in effect.
Substantial fines may be issued to residents who are not in possession of a valid Fire Permit or are found to be non-compliant to conditions and regulations within their permit. Fire Permits are available at all Client Service Centres and Ottawa Fire Services’ Rural Administrative offices. A list of these sites, hours of operation and more information on Fire Permits can be found on ottawa.ca or by calling 3-1-1.