Burning bylaw goes into effect Saturday in Nelson

The Nelson Fire Department has approved a two week burn period beginning this Saturday and ending April 28.

The Nelson Fire Department has approved a two week burn period beginning this Saturday and ending April 28.

This burn period is for the purpose of reducing hazardous yard waste in conjunction with recommendations adopted in the Community Wild Fire Protection Plan.

“Suitable materials for burning would be coarse woody debris and dry seasoned accumulations of non-compostable yard waste,” said fire chief Simon Grypma.

Those wishing to burn must have a valid permit and follow the city bylaw. Permits must be acquired at the Nelson Fire Department in person and a one-time payment of $10 can be paid by cash or cheque at the time of issuance.

Residents will be asked to follow the Ministry of Environment’s Venting Index Guidelines and burn only on days when venting is rated “good,” to minimize any accumulation of smoke causing air pollution. They will also be required to report to the local department on the days of scheduled burning.

Contravention of bylaw may be met with suspension or revocation of the permit and/or a fee for service.

The city’s bylaw regarding burning can be found on the website at: nelson.civicweb.net/Documents/DocumentList.aspx?ID=1023.