July 12, 2018

Open air burning reminder from Ajax Fire and Emergency Services

In wake of recent forest fires across the province, Ajax Fire and Emergency Services would like to remind residents of our Open Air Burning By-Law, which prohibits open air burning in most areas within the Town. This restriction applies to any outdoor wood burning appliances, including chimineas and outdoor fireplaces.

Residents who violate the Open Air Burning By-Law may be subject to the cost of the call and / or prosecution under the Ontario Fire Code.


“Open air burning creates a potential fire hazard in the community. This summer has been especially dry and even a small fire could spread out of control rapidly. Our department resources are also depleted by fire crews having to respond to false alarms and complaints created by open air burning”.
-       Kristy Pankhurst, Fire Prevention Inspector, Town of Ajax    


  • Cooking on an outdoor fireplace or chiminea does not make it legal.
  • Outdoor wood burning appliances present a potential fire hazard to combustibles such as buildings, decks, patio furnishings, fences and dry vegetation.
  • The smoke and odours produced by burning result in many complaints.
  • To minimize the risk of fire and burn injury, Ajax Fire and Emergency Services does not recommend family fireworks or informal neighbourhood displays. Refer to our Fireworks By-Law for more information about the sale and discharging of fireworks.


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Media Contact:
Kristy Pankhurst, Fire Prevention Inspector, 905-619-2529 ext. 6056