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Only campfires are permitted at this time.

Campfire safety tips

Please follow these safety tips when having a campfire:

  • campfires should be no larger than 0.5 m in diameter
  • your fire pit should be at least 10 m away from your home and 3 m from your property line or any other structure or combustibles
  • avoid campfires during windy weather conditions that may blow embers
  • clean leaves and other combustible materials around the pit to ensure the fire doesn't accidentally spread
  • always have a container of water or garden hose nearby
  • you can only have one campfire on your property at a time
  • make sure there is a responsible person watching the fire at all times

Extinguishing a campfire

Here are some tips for safely extinguishing a campfire:

  1. drown the fire with water
  2. stir the ashes with a long stick to turn over hot coals and ashes
  3. move rocks to find hidden embers
  4. drown the fire with water again
  5. repeat until the ashes stop smoking and hissing

Fire permits

Township of Severn regulates open-air burning through a permit system. ​​In response to COVID-19, Severn Fire and Emergency Services has suspended all open-air fire permits until further notice.​

Before burning of any kind please read the following brochures to determine if you require a permit.