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Burlington’s City-wide Burn Ban Lifted, Effective Immediately

Photo by Jørgen Håland on Unsplash.
Photo by Jørgen Håland on Unsplash.

*Please see media release below issued by the City of Burlington.

Burlington, Ont. — May 8, 2020 — The Burlington Fire Department has lifted the open-air burning ban issued on April 13, 2020. This change is effective immediately.

Residents that live in rural designated burning areas, with open-air burning permits, can resume open-air burning if necessary. Those with permits are reminded to follow the bylaw and conditions of their permit.

Unnecessary burning and recreational fires should be avoided and urban residents are reminded that open-air burning in urban areas of Burlington is never allowed. The Burlington Fire Department will issue fines to those with open-air fires in urban Burlington.

As part of the COVID-19 response, the burn ban was implemented as a preventative measure to make sure that Fire Department resources were available when and where needed most. Additionally, the Fire Department was trying to limit non-emergency interactions with residents and respect physical distancing requirements.

“Though the fire ban has been lifted, residents should only burn if necessary for farming and controlled clearing of land. I also encourage those with permits to check weather conditions and use extra caution when burning outdoors. Open-air burning is only allowed in approved rural areas of Burlington and requires an open-air burning permit.” — Dave Lazenby, Burlington Fire Chief and Operations Section

The Burlington Fire Department will continue to monitor and assess the affect on resources and provide updates on city burning restrictions.

For more information about open-air burning and fire safety tips, contact the Burlington Fire Department at 905-637-8253 or visit

Emergency orders continue to be in place to address the COVID-19 outbreak include the prohibiting of organized public events and social gatherings of more than five people. Failing to comply with any of the emergency orders is an offence under the Emergency Management and Civil Protections Act and may result in fines.

The best thing residents can do to protect themselves and the community, is stay home.

Stay informed with the latest local news and information on our dedicated City webpage:, and visit the regional, provincial, and federal sites for even more information.

PLEASE NOTE: To stay updated on what the City of Burlington is doing regarding COVID-19, please visit the dedicated pages (and subscribe) and, and our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page — that are updated as new information becomes available.

A Burlington COVID-19 Task Force has been created to help support our community through this unprecedented emergency — updates will be provided at

To report an incident of non-compliance with provincial emergency orders, please contact the Halton Regional Police Service COVID-19 Hotline: 905-825-4722.

We’ve also created a dedicated page to feature the local organizations and businesses that have inspired us during the COVID-19 pandemic by taking action to support our community in new and creative ways — head to


*Posted by John Bkila, Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist.

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