All Open Air Burning in McDougall is controlled by several legislative regulations, The Ontario Fire Code, The Ontario Forest Fire Prevention Act, but most notably, the Municipality of McDougall Open Air Burning By-law (2019-28). Any authority to ignite is authorized by this By-law through a fire permit system.
A permit to burn anytime during daytime hours is required year round in McDougall and is only issued by the Fire Chief. A permit to burn during evening hours is required from April 1 – October 31 of each year. During this time, Provincial Legislation states that it is only safe to burn in the evening hours, which is considered 2 hours before sunset until 2 hours after Sunrise; with no daytime burning allowed unless authorized by the Chief Fire Official of the Municipality.
Fire Permits may be obtained at the Municipal Office during business hours, by printing the document at this link and at the Waste Transfer Station on Municipal Drive during operating hours; or a faxed request can be sent to the Municipal Office for processing. There is no cost for the issuance of a fire permit.
For more information about the dangers associated with forest fires, please review our Smokey Bear poster.
For details on building a proper campfire pit from scratch, please click here.
The Fire Danger Rating is a system of parameters which are considered in order to predict fire behaviour on any given day. The Fire Danger Rating system consists of four ratings and one special condition:
Low: Normal burning and residential fireworks allowed
Moderate: Normal burning and residential fireworks allowed
High: No open burning allowed other than campfires for cooking or warmth; LIGHTING OF RESIDENTIAL FIREWORKS ARE BANNED
Extreme: No open burning allowed; LIGHTING OF ALL FIREWORKS ARE BANNED
Restricted Fire Zone: Condition where the wild land is so dry that no open flame is allowed at all; LIGHTING OF ALL FIREWORKS ARE BANNED
Under all circumstances, commercial firework displays are only allowed under the authority of the fire chief.
Fire Danger Ratings are displayed on the Municipal Website and on signs located at:
- The entrance to the Municipal Waste Transfer Station on Municipal Drive
- On the front of Fire Station #2 in Waubamik
- At the entrance to Nine Mile Lake