Open Air Fire Bylaw
September 10th 2015
A BYLAW TO SET MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR THE CONTROL OF FIRE PITS, CHEMINEAS, AND OTHER OPEN-AIR FIRE RECEPTACLES IN THE MUNICIPALITY
The Council of the Village, in the Province of Saskatchewan, enacts as follows:
The following measures shall be taken to limit the spread of open-air fires:
Fires must be contained in a non-combustible receptacle constructed of cement, clay, brick or sheet metal with a minimum 18 gauge thickness.
The size of the fire box of any receptacle must not exceed 75 cm (29.52 inches) in any dimension.
Any fire pit or cheminea shall be separated from grass and any other vegetation by a distance of at least 40 cm (15.7 inches) by means of clean earth, sand, gravel or other non-combustible material. A sufficient clears space must also be provided for overhanging trees, shrubs and structure.
No fire pit or cheminea may be located closer than 3 m (9.8 feet) from any property line, building or other combustible structure and may not be closer than 6 m (19.69 feet) from any neighbouring or abutting residential dwelling.
A means of fire suppression must be available at all times, (eg. water, fire extinguisher, etc.)
The fuel used for open-air fires shall only be charcoal, cut seasoned wood, or manufactured fire logs. The burning of the following materials is prohibited:
any material classified as a hazardous material or dangerous good;
any material which when burned will generate black smoke or an offensive odor including, but not limited to, insulation from electrical wiring, rubber tires, asphalt shingles, hydrocarbons, plastics and lumber treated with wood preservatives.
Open air fires shall be supervised.
Open air fires shall be adequately ventilated to ensure proper combustion and to prevent an unreasonable accumulation of smoke.
If smoke from an open air fire causes an unreasonable interference with the use of and enjoyment of another person’s property, the fire must be extinguished immediately.
Open air fires shall not be set in windy conditions conducive to creating a running fire or nuisance to another person.
The Fire Chief is authorized to issue, upon consultation with Council, an open air fire ban during extremely dry conditions. Notice of a fire ban will be posted at the entrances to the Village. A fire ban would not include propane or natural gas barbeques.