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Haldimand County Fire Department lifts county-wide burn ban

The county-wide burn ban issued by the Haldimand County Fire Department has been lifted due to recent weather conditions, including prolonged heavy rainfall.

Recreational and non-recreational burning may resume, as long as these activities are carried out in accordance with the Open-Air Burn By-Law. Residents are reminded of the following:

Recreational fires

Haldimand County does allow small fires (recreational) in all areas without a permit as long as the fire meets all of the regulations found in the Open Air Burn By-law. Things to remember when having a recreational fire on your property include, but are not limited to:

  • Favourable weather conditions must be present: no fog, no air quality alerts, no burn bans and winds less than 20 km/hr.
  • The fire must be contained and supervised at all times.
  • Fires must be at least 10 meters from buildings and structures.
  • A means of extinguishing the fire must be available.
  • Measures must be in place so no one is adversely affected by smoke and odours from your fire.

Non-recreational fires

Non-recreational fires are only permitted within certain zones of the county, and a burn permit MUST be obtained to do so. Burn permits can be acquired online available at or in person at the Haldimand County Administration Building. Non-recreational fires must meet all of the regulations set out in the by-law. These regulations include, but are not limited to:

  • Non-recreational fires must remain under supervision at all times.
  • Fires must be contained to an area not exceeding 6 meters by 6 meters.
  • Non-recreational fires must be 60 meters from all buildings, roadways and anything combustible.

Conducting open-air fires that are not in line with Haldimand County’s by-law presents potential safety hazards. Anyone conducting an open-air fire that violates the by-law is subject to fines, provincial prosecution and recovery of costs required to respond to and extinguish the fire.

For more information on fire safety in Haldimand County, visit the Fire Department website.