On Thursday, April 23, at approximately 2:30 p.m., Ajax Fire responded to a smoke visible call in the area of Salem Rd. and Taunton Rd.  Upon arrival, it was discovered that there was an active grass fire with heavy flames and crews began working to extinguish it. The fire was started by a resident who was burning yard waste. The area next to the open air burn caught fire and the resident could not contain it. The fire spread quickly and flames were close to the roadway and hydro lines. Several emergency vehicles and staff responded to the fire. Fortunately there were no injuries.

Ajax Fire and Emergency Services would like to remind residents of the Open Air Fire By-law, which prohibits open air burning in most areas within the Town. This restriction applies to fire pits and any outdoor wood burning appliances, including chimineas and outdoor fireplaces. 

Residents who violate the open air fire by-law may be subject to the cost of the call and / or prosecution under the Ontario Fire Code.


“Open air burning is not permitted in the Town of Ajax without a permit and most properties do not meet the by-law guidelines. Open air burns are a potential fire hazard and the smoke is a nuisance. We want to keep everyone safe and healthy. Especially during unprecedented times like these, we do not want the department’s resources depleted by fire crews having to respond to false alarms and complaints created by open air burning.”
- Shelley Langer, Fire Inspector, Ajax Fire and Emergency Services


  • The by-law to regulate the setting of open air fires can be found at ajax.ca by clicking on Fire Prevention & Public Safety.
  • An individual convicted of an offence under the Ontario Fire Code can face a fine as high as $50,000 and / or imprisonment.

  • 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 the appliances are the primary reasons the fire department receives complaints.


For additional information, contact the Ajax Fire Prevention and Public Safety Division at 905-683-3050, or visit ajax.ca.

Media Contact:

Rachael Wraith, Corporate Communications, 905-619-2529, ext.3325.