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Backyard burning period has one week left for permits

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
October 25th, 2010

There is one more week left in the backyard-burning period in the City of Nelson limits.

People have until Oct. 30 to obtain a special permit — issued at the Nelson Fire Station (919 Ward St.) — for the burning of woody debris, best described as tree branches and dried brush similar to a camp fire, but no larger than the size of a wheel barrel.

Yard waste such as grass clipping, leaves and garden waste will not be allowed to burn. This material should be composted or removed to the Nelson transfer station.

The intent of the burning permit is to allow homeowners to reduce the threat of wildfire on their property, similar to the City-controlled burning that was done in the forested area above the cemetery and the Five Mile pipeline.

Any violation of the burn permit may result in a fine of $200 for the first offence, and $400 for the second offence.

Prior to issuing a permit, the Ministry of Environment venting index requirement will be consulted. The fire department will also review burn permits if conditions adversely affect adjacent neighbors to the property that has been issued a special burn permit.

Information on special burn permits can also be found on the City website ( or call the fire station for more information.

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