The City’s fire department is reminding Cranbrook residents that the warmer temperatures mean an increase in the risk of fires. So to mitigate that risk, Cranbrook Fire and Emergency Services has put in restrictions for open air burning in the city.
“Burning of yard waste and other household materials anytime is not allowed under the City’s Fire Services Bylaw,” says Wayne Price, director of Fire and Emergency Services.
“Under the Bylaw, the only open air burning allowed is barbecues, small cooking or campfires using appropriate fire pits, chimneys or approved stoves.”
Or by eliminating fire hazards and fire training by the department itself, Price added.
The department is working to educate the public on matters like requirements for open air burning, campfires, burning yard waste and the potential threat of wildfires.
Price noted that anyone having a campfire on their property must insure that it’s at least 10 feet away from any combustible material and buildings.
Open air burning of land clearing debris is allowed in the meantime, however it can only be completed between November 1 and April 30 and requires a permit from the Director of Fire and Emergency Services.
Also as the summer wears on, the wildfire risk in and around the City of Cranbrook is nearly certain to increase.
“It is crucial for property owners to take a serious look around for items: debris, yard waste and the like and remove them,” Price said. “Residents need to take responsibility for fire-proofing their properties, especially those around the perimeter of the city. If you see smoke on your property, it can often be too late to take preventative measures to protect your property.”
Residents are encouraged to review the City of Cranbrook Fire Services Bylaw 3676, 2010. Copies are available for information at City Hall, at the Fire Hall or on the City website – www.cranbrook.ca.