Open fires being banned in Bible Hill

Harry Sullivan
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BIBLE HILL - Open fires are on the way to being outlawed in Bible Hill.
Colchester County Council on Thursday night approved first reading to a by-law that would ban all open burning.
Once legislated, outdoor fires will only be permitted within "acceptable fire pits" or chimeneas.
"I think this is more than reasonable in the heavily populated areas," said Councillor Karen MacKenzie. "I don't see any issue with this at all."
An acceptable fire pit means an outdoor receptacle, which is constructed from bricks, concrete blocks, heavy gauge metal, stone or other suitable non-combustible components. They must also include a spark arrestor or metal mesh screen and be positioned on a fire-proof surface and not exceed one metre in width or in diameter when measured between the widest point or outside edges.
A chimenea, which is deemed an acceptable fire pit, consists of a small, commercially manufactured burning appliance constructed from a fire resistant material with minimal capacity to burn small quantities of wood or charcoal. Those devices must also include a screen door and a spark arrestor.
Only clean, dry wood will be permitted to be burned in the fire pits, which must be in excess of 4.5 metres (15 ft.) from any building, flammable structure, combustible material or property line. Those rules are to be relaxed slightly for chimeneas.
The Bible Hill fire chief is to be responsible for upholding the by-law once enacted.

Organizations: Colchester County Council

Geographic location: Bible Hill

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