As of Thursday April 1 the 2021 Wildfire season begins, and remains in effect until October 31. Madawaska Valley Fire Chief Corwin Quade said that as per Open Air Burning Bylaw 2019-22, this means night burning only is allowed with a permit, the exceptions being camp fires or cooking fires no larger than 60 cm x 60 cm (2 feet x 2 feet). MV Fire Dept. personnel will change all fire risk signs to Yellow on April 1. (Sample above)
Permits available locally: Permits cost $10.00 and are available at the Municipal Office, 85 Bay Street, Barry’s Bay during business hours. You can also purchase a permit at CO Country Market in Combermere, and at MacEwen Gas Station in Barry’s Bay.
The cost of unlawful burning: Quade advised that the fine for burning without a permit or for burning during unauthorized times is $615 for each offence; the fine for using an over sized fire pit is $305.
If trucks are required to respond, the charge is $488.00 per hour per truck plus $30 per hour per fire fighter (minimum 2 hours).