Daytime Burning By-law takes Effect April 1

Posted On Thursday March 26, 2020


For Immediate Release

March 27, 2020

Daytime Burning By-law takes Effect April 1

Gravenhurst, ON - With springs arrival and warmer weather ahead, the By-law and Fire Department would like to remind community members in Gravenhurst about burning regulations and safety. As of April 1, daytime burning is prohibited until October 31. In Ward 1, all open air burning is prohibited at all times. Areas outside of Ward 1 are permitted contained and supervised fires (2) hours before sunset through to (2) hours after sunrise, however are not permitted to burn during the day.  The public are reminded to always follow the Muskoka Forest Fire Danger Rating.

Factors to consider if burning:

  •            Only class A combustibles can be burned
  •            Fires must be 15 metres from all structures and vehicles
  •            Fires must be 5 metres from any forested area
  •            Fires cannot exceed 2 X 2 metres in size
  •            Fires are not permitted in windy conditions
  •            Smoke cannot impair motorists or other residents
  •            Fires must be attended at all times with a water supply readily available
  •            Zero tolerance for burning during declared fire bans

These factors are enforced pro-actively and on a complaint basis throughout the burning season. Fines range between $200.00 to $350.00.If the fire is not a safety hazard and emergency services are not required, members of the community should call the By-law division to report a burning by-law complaint,” said Dustin Gronc, manager of By-Law Services. The public can report issues Online at .

The Town recognizes that the winter has been particularly hard on trees, shrubs and plants around properties and that there is likely a lot of dead-fall that people wish to clean up. Instead of burning these materials we encourage you to take them to the local landfill where they will eventually be turned into mulch that can be re-used to keep our green spaces fresh and healthy.


For information on the By-law contact:

Dustin Gronc

Manager of By-Law Services

T. 705-687-3412 ext.266 /


For information on Fire Prevention contact

Breyan Sinnott

Fire Prevention Officer

T. 705-687-3414 ext. 223 /