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Restricted Fire Zone Declaration

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has implemented a Restricted Fire Zone across the entire legislated fire region of Ontario effective April 3, 2020.

What you cannot use

Except in organized campgrounds and parks, you cannot:

  • have campfires (even in outdoor fire grate, fire place or fire pit)
  • burn grass or woody debris
  • use burn barrels

If you don't own or legally occupy (for example, you rent a cabin) you cannot use a:

  • charcoal installation (for example, barbeque)
  • wood burning stove
  • wood burning furnace

What you can use

Gas or fuel stove

If you need heat for cooking or warmth in a Restricted Fire Zone, you can only use:

  • gas stove
  • propane stove
  • portable liquid fuel or gas stove that can be turned off easily by closing a valve or lid

The stove must be at least 1 metre away from any flammable material.


You can use a charcoal installation in a restricted zone, only if you are at a location where you own or legally occupy (e.g., rent a cabin) the building.

Your charcoal installation must:

  • within 100 metres of the building
  • at least 1 metre from any flammable material
  • completely extinguished

You must safely dispose of all ashes and coals before installation is moved or left unattended.

Wood burning stove or furnace

You can use an outdoor wood burning stove or furnance, only if you own or legally occupy (e.g., rent a cabin) a building in a restricted zone.

Your wood burning installation must be:

  • within 100 metres of the building
  • at least 5 metres from any forest area, and
  • at least 2 metres from any flammable material
  • situated on bare rock, mineral, soil or other material that won't burn and extends 2 metres around the stove or furnace in all directions

Safety tips

You should exercise extreme caution when travelling in a Restricted Fire Zone and:

  • be careful with anything that could start a fire
  • watch your propane or gas equipment carefully
  • smoke only when you're stationary, never while walking or working in the bush
  • make sure all matches or cigarettes are out before disposing of them


Once a Restricted Fire Zone is declared, it is illegal to set a fire for any purpose within the affected area.

Failure to comply could results in:

  • a fine up to $25,000
  • 3 months in jail
  • financial responsibility for any costs incurred in fighting a forest fire

Report a fire in a restricted zone

Report a fire in a Restricted Fire Zone (except in a campground or park) to your local Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry District Office

Please find below the following documents for additional information regarding Restricted Fire Zone:

  • What you should know about Restricted Fire Zone
  • Campground & Restricted Fire Zone
  • Fireworks & the Forest Fires Prevention Act


Fire & Safety

The Township of Carlow/Mayo does not have a fire department.   

The Township of Carlow/Mayo does have a Municipal Forest Fire Management Agreement with the Ministry of Natural Resources to extinguish grass, brush and forest fires.  

If you have a fire please call 9-1-1 for the appropriate authorities to be notifed.    

Burning Guidelines

There is no day burning allowed.  No fire permits are issued in the Township of Carlow/Mayo.

Open Air Burning Season is in effect from April 1 to October 31 of each year. 

During fire season you DO NOT require a fire permit providing you follow these guidelines:

  • The fire is started no sooner than 7:00 p.m. and extinguished no later than 7:00 a.m. 
  • The piled material to be burned is less than two metres in diameter and less than two metres high.
  • If burning grass or leaves, the total area to be burned does not exceed one hectare and the length of the flaming edge does not exceed 30 metres.

The Forest Fires Prevention Act also stipulates:

  • A responsible person must tend the fire until it is extinguished and have adequate tools or water to contain the fire.
  • The fire must be at least two metres from any flammable materials.

A permit is not required for incinerators providing they are:

  • An enclosed device constructed entirely of non-combustible material.
  • Covered by a screen having a mesh size of not more than five millimetres.
  • At least five metres from any forest or woodland and at least two metres from any flammable material.
  • A responsible person monitors the fire until it is extinguished.

 Fires for cooking or warmth may be started anytime during the fire seasons providing:

  • The site of the fire is bare rock or non-combustible material.
  • The fire is at least one metre from any flammable material.
  • The space above the fire is at least three metres from vegetation.
  • The fire does not exceed one metre in height and one metre in diameter.

Restricted Fire Zone

If the fire hazard becomes extreme, the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry may declare a Restricted Fire Zone (RFZ).  You will hear these announcements on your local radio.  When a RFZ is in effect, no open air burning is allowed.  This includes campfires that are not in an approved organized campground.

Municipalities may prohibit all open air burning before the MNR implements a Restricted Fire Zone.

You should always check with your local municipality before starting a fire.

Please watch what and where you burn!

Policing Services

Township of Carlow/Mayo is serviced by the Bancroft O.P.P.  In an emergency please call 9-1-1.

Ambulance Services

In an emergency please call 9-1-1.

Emergency Management

Community Emergency Management Coordinator is available at the municipal office to povide information and/or assist you.  Newsletters; brochures; helpful information is available in the municipal office and on the towship website.  Please call 613-332-1760 if you require assistance. 

Emergency Preparedness Centre

Click this link to our Emergency Preparedness Centre with links to all kinds of public education material.


Quinte Health Care North Hastings

Telephone No. 613-332-2825

Power Outages

Please contact Hydro One for updated information with regard to restoration of service.

24 Hour Telephone No. 1-800-434-1235


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