Despite the wet, cool summer so far, Township residents are still not allowed backyard burning.
The problem with backyard bonfires is that they create smoke that inundates the air with particulates, making breathing uncomfortable for others and causing damage to the environment, said Township Assistant Fire Chief Pat Walker. As well, fires pose a risk of running out of control. While it has been rainy for some time, it doesn’t take long for grass and trees to become dry and extremely flammable when the sun comes out.
Campfires are allowed only in regional parks, and only when weather conditions allow.
Those who violate the rules can be fined.
A burning ban is in place throughout the Township year-round, with the exception of the month of April and from Sept. 15 to Oct. 31.