Controlled Burns and Grass Fires

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CONTROLLED BURNS
In order to burn on your property within the Rural Municipality of Wilton you must submit a request for a burn permit. Please be sure you are well-prepared and that you have fire guards in place. These "controlled burns” should also be reported, to avoid dispatching firefighters unnecessarily.
See Burn Permits
 
Fire Ban Information
 
GRASS FIRES
Grass fires can start quickly, spread rapidly and burn very hot, making them especially dangerous.
 
REPORT A GRASS FIRE - If you see a grass fire, report it immediately by dialing 911. Legacy Regional Protective Services will be dispatched immediately.
 
HELP PROTECT YOUR HOME
  • Dispose of cigarettes and matches correctly. Do not throw them out of a vehicle.
  • Make fire breaks that can slow a fire’s progress. They are areas that have been ploughed, mowed or even grazed. They should be around your home and other buildings.
  • Keep your lawn cut and your gardens and paths well-maintained and leaves raked up.
  • Cut the grass around your outbuildings and around tanks or other containers that may contain flammable materials.
  • Do not burn trash or leaves unless they are in a damp or grass-free area.
  • Avoid parking on dry grass. A vehicle’s exhaust can reach a temperature of more than 538 degrees Celsius (1000 degrees Fahrenheit). It only takes about 260 degrees Celsius (500 degrees Fahrenheit) to start a fire.
  • Teach your children not to play with fire or with matches. Fire can spread quickly putting  children in danger.
  • Keep a three (3) metre area around the BBQ free of vegetation. Place a fine mesh screen over the grill to stop sparks. Stay with your grill and soak the ashes in water.
  • Make sure you have water tanks filled for firefighting. Keep a diesel or gas powered pump on hand. An electric pump may not work if the power goes out.
  • Keep woodpiles away from your home.
  • Make sure all machines have a working spark arrestor.
  • Don’t use machines or tools that may cause sparks during dry conditions. If you must use a tool such as a grinder, wet down your working area and have a fire extinguisher handy.