NORTH DUNDAS — Ottawa’s recently imposed burn ban is the Township of North Dundas’s burn ban — with a bit of a wrinkle on campfires.
As a matter of policy, the township automatically bans open fires when Ottawa does. And after fighting a number of grass fires, the city put a ban in place on Friday.
The city’s version covers all brush-pile and agricultural fires, along with camp fires. The North Dundas bylaw, however, exempts campfires, and that’s the case with this year’s first burn ban.
Except in the Morewood area.
As in Ottawa, campfires are prohibited in the specific area covered by the Morewood Station. The local chief exercised his discretion to extend the ban to match Ottawa’s within his station’s geographic jurisdiction — a swath of territory bounded on the east by County Rd. 32 County Rd. 31 in the west, and Marionville and Crump roads to the respective north and south.
“My thought is when there is a burn ban in effect, it’s a total burn [ban],” Ken Byers explained via Facebook Messenger.
Byers said he was OK with the township’s other chiefs opting to take their own approach. “I respect their opinions on whatever they decide but this is my opinion,” he said.
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