Outdoor burn ban lifted for Ottawa area

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City of Ottawa

Ottawa Fire Services has lifted the outdoor burn ban that has been in place in Ottawa since June 28, 2012.

The ban was put into place due to dry weather experienced by the region in the spring and summer. The recent increase in rainfall has made conditions safer for outdoor fires in permitted areas.


Residents are reminded that they must first obtain a Fire Permit before they have a fire in the open air. Permit holders are then required to call 613-580-2880 prior to burning to confirm there is not a burn ban in effect.

Substantial fines may be issued to residents who burn in prohibited areas or who are not in possession of a valid Fire Permit or are found to be non-compliant to conditions and regulations within their permit. Fire Permits are available at all Client Service Centres and Ottawa Fire Services' Rural Administrative offices. A list of these sites, hours of operation and more information on Fire Permits can be found on ottawa.ca or by calling 3-1-1.

Given the recent rise in accidental smoking related fires, the Ottawa Fire Services also reminds you to be careful when discarding your cigarettes and/or matches.