Open Air Fires
Residents can no longer obtain open fire or fireworks permits in-person at the WFPS Headquarters. Permits and Licensed Service Persons applications and renewals can be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Bonfires, Crop Residue, Wood Disposal, Warming Fires, and Ceremonial Fires.
IMPORTANT: City of Winnipeg Open-Air Fire Guidelines
The City of Winnipeg has established revised standards and requirements for all open-air fires regulated under the Fire Prevention By-law. These revisions include specific Permit and Fee requirements for all open-air fires ignited for various purposes on all properties except single-family residential properties. Permits and Fees will be required for, but not necessarily limited to open-air fires such as:
- Burning of crop residues
- Disposal of wood
- Warming fires
Where do I apply for a permit?
By what method can I pay for the permit?
What are the requirements for having a bonfire?
- The Permit must be retained on site and provided for examination if so requested
- Only dry seasoned firewood is permitted to be ignited
- The bonfire must be limited in size so that it may be readily controlled
- Maintain a minimum eight meters (25 feet) from any combustible buildings, structures, trees or overhead wires
- Additional requirements are listed on the reverse side of the Open-air Fire Permit
What are the requirements for burning agricultural by-products?
What are the requirements for burning brush, tree limbs, pruning material, or disposal of wood?
The fire shall be maintained in an acceptable area that may require an inspection for suitability.
In the case of riverbank clean up or other requests for open air burning, every effort must be made to remove the debris from the site whenever possible and disposal made at an approved landfill site. If however, extenuating circumstances dictate that it be extremely difficult or onerous to remove the debris, it may be burned on site providing the following conditions are strictly adhered to.
- The fire must be limited in size so as to be easily controllable by the person in charge
- The fire must be under constant adult supervision at all times and all burning restricted to daylight hours
- A portable fire extinguisher, garden hose connected to a water supply, or other acceptable means of extinguishment is kept on site
- The fire is fully and completely extinguished before leaving the site
- Should the fire become uncontrollable, contact the Fire Paramedic Service immediately by phoning 9-1-1
What about religious or ceremonial fires?
- All fires set for religious or ceremonial purposes must be maintained in an "acceptable" receptacle as per the by-law unless the Permit authorizing the fire states otherwise
- Be limited in size so that it may be readily controlled and any combustible materials kept a safe distance from the fire
- Must never be left unattended until and unless fully extinguished
- Be controllable by having a means of extinguishment on site such as a portable fire extinguisher
What about a warming fire?
- Be set in a metal receptacle in good repair that has a maximum capacity of 225 litres (50 gallons) with all openings entirely covered by removable non-combustible spark arrestors, grills or mesh with openings no larger than 12mm (1/2 inch)
- Be fuelled only by clean wood
- Not be fuelled by garbage, rubber, plastic, painted or chemically treated wood.
- Be maintained a minimum of 3 m (10 feet) from any combustible buildings or structures, combustible fences, trees and overhead wires