The fire ban for South Dundas remains in place, but the restrictions on open air burning have been eased a little to allow for campfires.
South Dundas Fire and Emergency Services Fire Chief Chris McDonough reported Monday morning that “the ban has been lifted for campfires only.”
However, the ban on all other open air burning remains in place. “No permits for open-air burning will be issued until we receive a substantial amount of rainfall for at least two to three days,” he said.
For those who do opt to have a campfire in these dry conditions, McDonough urges extra caution and offers the following advice:
• Build your campfires away from overhanging branches, rotten stumps, shrubs, dry grass and leaves. Keep it at least 25 feet from all structures. Watch for flying embers.
• Clear the immediate area surrounding your campfire site approximately 8-10 ft in radius.
• Keep the fire in a contained unit such as a burn barrel, barbecue unit or hibachi. Do not build a fire directly on the ground. Fires can spread underground through root systems or decaying material.
• Keep campfires small and do not let them get out of hand. (2’x2’x2’ in size)
• Keep plenty of water handy and have a shovel for throwing sand on the fire if it gets out of control.
• Stack extra firewood upwind and away from the fire.
• After lighting the fire do not discard the match until it is cold. Douse it with water to be sure.
• Never leave a campfire unattended. Even a small breeze could quickly cause the fire to spread.
• When extinguishing the fire, drown it with water. Make sure all embers, coals, and sticks are wet. Move rocks, as there may be burning embers underneath. Stir the remains, add more water, and stir again.
• Do not bury your coals, they can smolder and start to burn again.