1) City Wide Burn Ban in Effect
Ottawa Fire Services is placing a city-wide burn ban into effect immediately to prevent the rapid spread of fire due to grass and brush fires. This ban will remain in place until conditions improve and the green grass starts to show through dead tall grass. This winter left more debris (fallen tree branches, leaves, etc.) on the ground than in previous years, which increases the risk of fire spread.
All open air fires are prohibited during a fire ban even for those properties that have a burn permit. There will be zero tolerance enforcement during the open air burning ban.
2) After Snow – Lawn Repairs
The extreme winter that Ottawa experienced this year necessitated frequent street ploughing. In some cases City ploughs may have caused damage to residents’ lawns. If your lawn was damaged by a City plough, call 311 to have your property added to the spring repair list.
3) Playing Fields Closed
Now that spring is here, many people are anxious for outdoor activity and sports; however, playing fields are closed until further notice because, in their damp state, they would be damaged by people’s walking on them. As well, please keep children away from water courses that may be seasonally dangerous.