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Don’t Burn Your Money with Open-Air Fire

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You might end up burning your money if you decide to burn… during the day.

Corwin Quade, Fire Chief of Madawaska Valley Township Fire Department, says that daytime burning of  open-air fires are prohibited starting on Monday April 1st and will go until October 31st, unless you have a permit.

A permit can be bought for $10 he says and it’s good for a period of 5 days. He says that if you are caught burning without a permit, you might end up burning a lot of money. He says that they’ve doubled the fines this year which means they went from $250 to $500. On top of that, he adds that if the fire department needs to be called to extinguish or control a fire, a charge of $1000 per truck could be laid. He says that last year, he issued 54 fines and was generous in giving out over a hundred warnings.

Quade adds that having open-air fires during the summer months can be very dangerous. So much so that open-air fires have a potential of spreading as fast as 10 feet per second. He states that even though there might still be snow on the ground, which won’t make it too dangerous now, it’s a province-wide regulation that won’t be changed. If you are interested in purchasing a permit or finding out more information about the fire rating, please called the Madawaska Valley Township Municipal Office at 613-756-2747.

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