New rules for burning are in the works


 In response to difficult fire situations, including out of control burns and nuisance smoke complaints, faced by the South Dundas fire officials over the summer, municipal staff drafted a bylaw to govern open air burning.

The main source of contention this summer surrounded agricultural burning for land clearing purposes.

The new draft bylaw sets out specific requirements including set backs, brush pile sizes, control measures and permits that will need to be in place for all types of burning, once the bylaw is approved by council. That approval will not come until council’s issues with the requirements and permit fees are addressed.

After a lengthy discussion of the draft bylaw, at a special council meeting November 27, staff was presented with a number of changes.

During the discussions it was indicated that there will be some areas of the municipality, such as the towns of Morrisburg and Iroquois where burning will be prohibited.

Those in areas where open air burning is permitted will have to obtain a permit and pay a small administration fee to offset costs.

The permits guarantee contact between landowners and the municipality, resulting in a record of where and when the burning is to occur, and ensures that there is not a burn ban in place at the time.

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