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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Proposed Changes To The Fire Bylaw.

Owen Sound | by Claire McCormack  

Officials are looking for public input on changes to recreational and cooking fires

The City of Owen Sound is looking for public input on proposed changes to its fire bylaw.

The bylaw is about ten years old now and the City, along with the fire department is thinking about making some changes to it.

A report to council says the fire department responds to about 23 complaints a year having to do with unauthorized burning.

They're proposing extending the distance of a recreational fire from property lines or flammable structures from the current 10 feet to 25 feet.

A cooking fire can be 10 feet from combustibles, but would need to have charcoals or briquettes to be considered a cooking fire instead of the usual nearby package of hot dogs or marshmallows to be considered a cooking fire.

Under the new bylaw, without briquettes or charcoals it would just be considered a recreational fire someone happened to be cooking on.

Another change would be to extend the time frame recreational fires are allowed from 4 PM to 3 AM rather than the current midnight.

The draft bylaw proposes that everyone would have an annual fire inspection.

The city is hoping for feedback throughout June. You can find the survey here

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