IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE

To report a fire or any other situation requiring an immediate response, call emergency services at 

  9-1-1  

PERIOD ALLOWING FIRES OF MORE THAN ONE METER AND LESS THAN FOUR METERS, WITH PERMIT, IS NOW OVER

 

With spring at our doorstep, your Fire Department would like to remind you of the regulations for open-air fires.

  1. The period allowing fires with a permit is from November 1st to April 30th of each year for fires more than (1) one meter and less than (4) four meters in diameter is now over thus not approved.
  2. For fires less than (1) meter in diameter, permitted all year, without permit. But you need to follow these regulations:
    1.  ​​​​Must be surrounded with non-combustible material (brick, rocks, stones…);
    2. Must be located at ten (10) meters (33 ft.) from the property lines;
    3. Must be located at ten (10) meters (33 ft.) from any building or fuel tanks;
    4. Must have a clearance of two (2) meters from any combustible material;
    5. Must not exceed a diameter and height of one (1) meter (39 inches);
    6. The fire must be under the constant supervision of an individual able to intervene until the fire has been completely extinguished;
    7. A quick means of extinction must be accessible within a ten (10) meters (33 ft.) radius of the fire.
    8. It is prohibited to make a fire that can affect traffic.

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No fire is allowed when winds exceed 15km/h or when the flammability index is rated «very high » by Forest Fire Protection Society « SOPFEU ». The responsibility to check for these conditions falls under the responsibility of the person responsible for the fire. SOPFFEU is considered as the reference organization and can be contacted at 1-800 567-1206 or at sopfeu.qc.ca.

It is prohibited to burn grass, leaves, hay or straw, trash, construction waste, petroleum-based products and any other item deemed to be pollutant. Residents with outdoor fires should also, as a courtesy to neighbors, monitor the smoke that emerges - if it is going towards the neighbors, you should perhaps postpone your fire until the wind is favorable.

The person in charge of the fire assumes his ordinary responsibilities, in the case where disbursements, damages or pursuits result from the fire thus lit.​​​​​​​

 


THINK ABOUT RECYCLING YOUR BRANCHES
 

Consult our branches recycling dates, so you can go home with mulch!


BEFORE BURNING BRANCHES, CHECK THE MUNICIPAL BY-LAWS

 


DO YOU HAVE YOUR BURNING PERMIT?

 

To get a burning permit, contact the Fire Department at 819-827-6200 or incendie@chelsea.caMonday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

There is no fee for these permit. 

 

Safety tips

  • Supervise the fire at all times. 
  • Maintain a distance of 50 feet (15 m) from all buildings.
  • Maintain a distance of 15 feet (4.5 m) from your property line. 
  • Inform your neighbours. 
  • Make sure the fire doesn't pose a nuisance to your neighbours. In the event of a complaint, the Chelsea Fire Department will request that the fire be extinguished. 
  • Do not burn any construction materials, household waste, tires, or chemicals. 
  • Do not burn in strong winds. 
  • Have a hose ready to use near the fire. 
  • Soak the ashes with water after the fire is out. 
  • Call 911 in case of loss of control 

COMPLAINTS ABOUT BURNING OR SMOKE
 

To make a complaint about burning, smoke or the smell of smoke, call

  819-459-9911 

 

You will need to provide the following information:

  • Your name (confidential)
  • Your phone number (confidential)
  • The street address of the person who is burning
  • The nature of the complaint (fire, smoke, etc.)

 


Before you decide to burn, please check the SOPFEU (Société de protection des forêts contre le feu) website for any fire ban in effect. 

For information

Chelsea Fire Department