In response to forecasted high winds exceeding 35 km/h, Prince Edward County has implemented a total burn ban effective Sunday, Oct. 8.
This ban encompasses all outdoor burning activities, including brushfires, campfires, and burn barrels, with the aim of preventing potential disasters amidst adverse weather conditions.
The decision to enforce the total burn ban was made by the County’s fire chief, who evaluated prevailing weather and ground conditions. Residents are urged to adhere to this prohibition until the ban is lifted, a move contingent upon improved weather conditions.
Residents seeking to conduct fires within the County must obtain a current burn permit, which must be activated daily. These permits, essential for all open-air burning activities, can be acquired for $25 and are valid until Dec. 31. The process of obtaining permits has been streamlined through an online system available on the County’s official website, providing convenience for residents.
To acquire a burn permit, residents can print and complete a burn permit application and send it, accompanied by a $25 cheque for each property (in case of multiple properties), to the Prince Edward County Fire & Rescue Administrative Office at Station 1, Picton, ON – 8 McDonald Drive, Picton, ON K0K 2T0. Upon receipt, residents must call 1.833.376.1011 to activate their burn permits.
Residents are urged to stay informed about the burn ban status. This information can be easily accessed by calling 1.833.376.1011 or by visiting the official County website. Authorities emphasize that compliance with the burn ban is paramount to ensure the safety and well-being of all residents during this period of heightened fire risk.