Sunday, September 24, 2023

Dry weather leading to ‘significant increase’ in brush fires

Chatham-Kent Fire and Rescue has responded to a significant increase in brush fires over the last few days.

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Fire officials say all burn permits are currently active, however CKFR is strongly encouraging residents to use extreme caution while burning and reminding everyone no open burn – agricultural or recreational – can be left unattended.

Burning must always be done in a safe manner and must comply with the Chatham-Kent Open Air Burning Fires By-law (107-2016), fire officials added.

“After quite a long period of warm weather, without rain the ground and brush is very dry, making it much easier for a fire to start and quickly spread,” stated Fire Chief Chris Case, in a press release.

“Our crews have been working hard to contain these fires, but we need our communities help. We are not proposing a burn ban currently, however we constantly monitor the situation. A burn ban would be our last resort and hope that we can work together to keep everyone safe.”

Fire officials are asking residents not to dispose of lit cigarette butts off balconies or out car windows and to also extinguish fires completely before leaving unattended.

For more information, contact the Municipality of Chatham-Kent at 519-360-1998.

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