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Forest Fire Safety Tips:

Tips for Safe Debris Burning

Comply with Local Regulations

      For information in regards to the Manitouwadge Outdoor Burning Permit Bi-Law#87-28, click here . This link will provide you with the Outdoor Burning Permit Application and Bi-Law.


Check the Weather Forecast and the Fire Hazard Rating For Your Area

      Sudden gusts of wind could make a debris burning spark a wildfire.


Choose a Safe Burning Site

      A safe site will be far away from power lines, overhanging limbs, buildings, automobiles, and equipment. It is recommended a vertical clearance at least three times the height of the pile, and the horizontal clearance twice the height of the pile.


Prepare the Site Correctly

      The ground around the burn site should be surrounded by gravel or mineral soil (dirt) for at least ten feet in all directions.   Keep the surrounding area watered down during the burn.


If Using a Burn Barrel, Make Sure it is Equipped with the Proper Features

      Burn Barrels must be made of all-metal construction in good condition (no rust on the sides or bottom) and properly ventilated with three evenly-spaced square vents.   A Burn Barrel must have a metal top screen with mesh size of one-forth inch or finer to keep sparks from escaping a potentially sparking a wildfire.  When burning, layer the different types of debris and stir often.   Be careful of sparks escaping the barrel when you stir it.


Remain With Your Fire

      Stay with your fire until it is completely out.   To ensure the fire has been completely extinguished, drown the fire with water, turn over the ashes with a shovel and drown it again.   Repeat several times.


Keep It Legal

      It is illegal to burn plastic, tires, and most other waste products not from a tree or shrub.


***Information on this web page has been provided in by the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Manitouwadge Fire Department.


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