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Can I use my backyard firepit or fireplace?


We would like to remind the residents that only backyard fireplaces as detailed here can be used within City limits. Approved materials to burn consist of clean, dry wood or wood products only. Brush and chemically treated wood or other materials are not permissible. 

The public must follow all current guidelines under the New Brunswick State of Emergency regarding public gatherings and social distancing.

If you want to dispose of brush, it should be properly bundled and disposed of with your curbside compost materials. More information here.

Here are the guidelines to follow for the enjoyment of safe backyard fires within the City.

Only use wood or wood products that are dry and are not chemically treated.

Proper Recreational Burning Practices:

• Full Supervision 
• 10-litre pail of water or a connected garden hose accessible 
• Proper clearance from combustibles 


• 1.5 meters from combustibles
• 15 meters from wooded areas 
• 3 meters from tall grass
• Screens must be a maximum of 12 mm

Not Screened:

• 150 meters from wooded areas or other property structures
• Do not burn in high wind conditions
• Backyard fireplaces (retail units) must be used in conjunction with manufacturer's instructions and U.L.C., W.H.I. approved usage methods



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