Rural Municipality of Taché

Departments & Services

About the Burn Ban?
Date Posted: April 12, 2017
 
The Rural Municipality of Taché in conjunction with the Fire Department has adopted a 3 tiered format whereby present conditions will determine the level to which a burn ban will be implemented.
 
Implementation of the Rural Municipality of Taché Burn Ban

  

The R.M. of Taché will use various information resources to determine if/when a burn ban is required as well as in distributing the message to the residents of the Municipality.

 

The burn ban has been modified and will be applied in a tiered format.

 

Level I – Fires are allowed in approved receptacles. Open-air fires are allowed, any person who wishes to cause an open-air fire shall notify the R.M. of Taché Fire Department of their intent.

Level II – Fires are only allowed in approved receptacles. NO open-air fires allowed.

Level III – NO fires of any type are allowed. 

 

The following sources of information will be used in determining whether a burn ban will be implemented and to what level.

-       Government of Manitoba Fire Hazard Map

-       Natural Resources Wildland Fire Information System

-       The Manitoba Fire Conditions Calculator, and

-       Historical Analysis

 

The R.M. of Taché will keep residents informed in several ways.  The R.M. of Taché website (http://www.rmtache.ca/)(Local Notices), Fire Department Twitter account, Fire Department  Facebook page and by posting signs within the community. 

 

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What is an Approved Receptacle?

Fire Pits

An approved fire pit must:

1) be enclosed on all sides and constructed of masonry, concrete, heavy gauge metal or other non-combustible materials acceptable to the Fire Chief;

2) have a spark arrestor, grille, or mesh and constructed of a noncombustible material, which is used to cover the entire area of the fire pit opening; and

3) not be used for commercial or industrial applications.

 

 Outdoor BARBEQUE

An approved outdoor Barbeque must:

1) be constructed of masonry, concrete, heavy gauge metal or other noncombustible materials acceptable to the Fire Chief;

2) be enclosed on all sides, except for any opening completely covered by a removable, non-combustible spark arrestor, grille, or mesh;

3) not be used for commercial or industrial applications.

 

      Outdoor Fireplaces

An approved outdoor fireplace must:

1) be constructed of masonry, concrete, heavy gauge metal or mesh or other non-combustible materials acceptable to the Fire Chief;

2) have a chimney designed and constructed as a proportional and integral part of the fireplace to ensure that an adequate draft is created;

3) have its chimney opening entirely covered by a non-combustible spark arrestor, grille, or mesh;

4) have a side opening to the fire chamber which does not exceed 0.84 square meters (9 square feet) in area;

5) has its side opening entirely covered by a non-combustible spark arrestor, grille or mesh; and

6) not used for commercial or industrial applications.

 

Outdoor Warming Receptacle

An approved outdoor warming fire receptacle must be a metal receptacle in good repair that has a maximum capacity of 205 litres (45 gallons). It is strongly recommended that all openings be entirely covered by removable, non-combustible spark arrestors, grilles, or mesh with openings no larger than 12 mm (½ inch).

 

What is an Open-Air Fire?

Open-air fire means a fire set outdoors for any purpose, including cooking, recreation, generation of heat, the disposal of wood, stubble, or crop residue and for religious or ceremonial purposes.

 

Rules Regarding Open-Fires - A person in charge of an open-air fire must ensure that:

(a) the fire is always supervised by a person 18 years of age or older until and unless it is fully extinguished;

(b) the fire is always kept under control;

(c) an adequate supply of water, sand, or some other means of controlling and extinguishing the fire is readily accessible;

(d) the fire is not set or maintained in conditions or locations which will or could result in:

(i) smoke which causes a nuisance or irritation to people on adjacent properties;

(ii) reduced visibility on any highway or road;

(iii) a rapid spread of fire through grass or brushed area;

(e) the fire is not set or maintained when the wind exceeds 25 kilometers per hour;

(f) residents are allowed to burn overburden provided it is done within the confines of this by-law and done with caution and care.

 

Burn By-Laws are posted on the R.M. of Taché website.

 

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Any questions regarding the burn ban can be directed to the Fire Chief at 204.509.3549 or email.
 
 
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