City of Niagara Falls Lifts Open Air Burning Ban

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Niagara Falls, ON, August 16, 2016 – The Niagara Falls Fire Department has lifted the open air burning ban for Niagara Falls, in place since June 28th, 2016. The recent rainfall coupled with forecasts predicting additional rain this week means the fire risk has decreased.

“Although the City has received some much needed rain, we ask that residents exercise extreme caution and have a water source nearby if having a small permitted cooking fire on their property” said Niagara Falls Fire Chief Jim Boutilier. “We will continue to monitor conditions this summer, and if the prolonged hot weather returns, there is the possibility for the ban to be reinstated.”

The open air burning ban was put in place nearly seven weeks ago, due to the City’s prolonged hot and dry weather, and the increased risk of a fire burning out of control by quickly spreading to nearby grass and plants.

A reminder to residents that recreational fires are not permitted in the City of Niagara Falls. Small, confined, cooking fires that meet the established guidelines are permitted in the City. For more information, visit

The Niagara Falls Fire Department would like to thank residents for their patience during the latest burn ban, and emphasize fire safety is everyone’s responsibility.


For more information, contact the Fire Department:
Fire Chief Jim Boutilier                                                          
Niagara Falls Fire Department                                              
Phone: 905-356-1321 ext. 2201                                            

Chief Fire Prevention Officer Brian Dickson
Niagara Falls Fire Department
Phone: 905-356-1321 ext. 2208

Posted on: 8/16/2016 10:24 AM - Category: Media Releases