At the special meeting of Council, on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 Douro-Dummer Council voted to implement a new burn permit system as presented by Fire Chief Pedersen.

“This is a great educational tool that we simply do not have in our current system. This will allow us to educate our users and inform them of the fire risk and reduce confusion when a fire ban is implemented” says Chief Pedersen

The two biggest changes are, all open-air fires must have a permit (including campfire and burn barrels) and the permits come at a cost. This cost will cover the expense of the system and any surplus at the end of the year will be moved to our Wildland Firefighting reserve for equipment or to help pay for third party response such as the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry firefighting response.

Online permitting is very convenient for the average user. For those uncomfortable with online systems, the Municipal Office in Warsaw and the Library in Douro will continue to offer in person permits (once they are re-open to the public). Anyone can visit dourodummer.burnpermits.com to see the current fire risk rating, a list of frequently asked questions and the Open-Air Burning By-law. More information including available permit types, clearances and fees is available once you register for an account at dourodummer.burnpermits.com or by visiting www.dourodummer.on.ca.

As of July 2nd, 2020 all new permits will be issued using the new system. Special Occurrence permits and Conventional permits obtained prior to that (from January 1 to July 1st, 2020) will be valid until December 31, 2020, using the phone number on that permit.

We thank you for your cooperation and support.

Any questions can be directed to Fire Chief Pedersen.

Chuck Pedersen
Douro-Dummer Fire Chief
705 652-8392, 207
E-mail C. Pedersen