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Burn ban lifted in Prince Edward County and Sandbanks

JUNE 14: The burn ban has been lifted after all criteria have been met for open air burning.

To have a fire in Prince Edward County, you must have a current permit and activate it every day that you are having a fire. A burn permit is required for all open air burning. Burn permits cost $25 and expire at the end of the calendar year (Dec. 31, 2023).

There are also no longer fire restrictions at Sandbanks Provincial Park.

UPDATE JUNE 6: Sandbanks Provincial Park has announced a full burn ban at the park – including campfires – until further notice.

The park, while in Prince Edward County, is not regulated by the municipality and can allow burning even when there is a County ban in place.

Click here to know what you can and cannot do during a burn ban at the park.


JUNE 3: Prince Edward County Fire & Rescue (PECFR) is restricting all burning in the municipality due to high winds.

Effective immediately, there is a complete burn ban in effect.

The burn ban restricts all fires including campfires, burn barrels, chimeneas, brush piles and yard waste.

Cooking devices that are designed to cook food with wood pellets or charcoal, such as smokers or grills, are permitted for use. Any cooking devices, outdoor fireplaces and fuel fired appliances that use propane or natural gas are also exempt from the burn ban.

All burn permits have been placed under restriction and the electronic system will not permit anyone to activate their permit for burning.

The restriction is due to high winds and dry conditions in the forecast over the next several days. The burn ban will remain in effect until PECFR has determined that the fire risk level is acceptable.

Any questions regarding the burn ban or the status of a burn permit may be directed to PECFR by calling 613.476.2345 or visiting

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  1. CountyProud says:

    Nova Scotia has raised fines for ignoring the burn ban to $25,000 from $237.50

    Wonder if Ontario (or PEC) might want to have this in their back pocket as an option if things get out of hand or as a preventative measure. I believe several municipalities have full burn bans in effect.

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