As of November 1, 2022:

Fire Risk: Low

Campfires, bonfires, fireworks, charcoal BBQs, outdoor candles and lanterns, Tiki torches, propane fire pits, chimineas and the burning of leaves or brush, and propane BBQs for cooking are permitted.

Burn permits are required if you want to burn during non-permitted burning hours (7 a.m. to 7 p.m., April 1 to October 31).


NOTE: No day time burning is permitted between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. between April 1 and October 31. There is absolutely no burning allowed at anytime during a fire ban.

Forest Fires

Keep up to date on the MNRF forest fire danger rating.

The Forest Fire Danger Rating is determined using factors such as the relative humidity, temperature, previous 24 hour rain amount, wind direction and wind speed in combination with the forest fuel type and loads to determine the risk of the forest to certain fire types.

Fire Ban Levels

You can find our fire danger level sign on Highland Street, in the Village of Haliburton, in front of the Haliburton Echo.

 Burning Regulations

During a fire ban, none of the burn regulations below are permitted.

No daytime burning between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. between April 1 to October 31.

All burning in Dysart (any time of the year) must be,

  • Limited to one fire, smaller than two (2) meters in diameter and must be attended at all times by a competent person with adequate equipment to extinguish the fire (this person responsible for any damages)
  • Away from combustible material, buildings, property lines and roadways by at least three (3) meters.

To report a complaint about daytime burning contact the fire department as per below contacts. If it is an emergency call 911.

For full details of the Dysart open air burning regulations, see By-Law 2019-25.

Services Provided

Generally, Municipal Councils establish and fund fire departments to deliver local fire protection and prevention services. These services include:

  • Running local public fire safety education and fire prevention programs
  • Providing fire suppression services
  • Conducting inspections to enforce the Fire Code

Municipal fire departments provide other services that are necessary depending on the needs and circumstances of the communities they serve. Some of the additional services provided by Municipality of Dysart et al Fire Department are:

  • Vehicle firefighting
  • Grass, brush firefighting
  • Basic medical assist with defibrillation
  • Vehicle accidents
  • Vehicle extrication
  • Water and ice rescue - shore based
  • Public assistance
  • Participation in community emergency plan

Due to the fire department’s reliance upon volunteer firefighters, the topographic, geographic configuration of the municipality, the weather, road conditions, gated driveways, the level and amount of equipment at the department’s disposal, and other budgetary constraints, the services listed may be provided as limited services.

As a preventative measure, always ensure access to your home, including driveways, stairs and walkways to allow emergency crews to get to you as quickly and safely as they can.

Volunteers have a flashing green light that they display in the window of their vehicles en route to the fire hall or accident scene. Pay attention and if you see these lights, pull over immediately.

Public Education

Fire Safety and Public Education from the Ministry of the Solicitor General.


In 1956, Tom Chambers, the Chief of the Fire Brigade died in a fire at the Bank of Montreal on Highland Street. (A plaque in his memory was placed on the wall in the Village Square in 2015). Following this tragedy, a new department was formed under the leadership of Sid Roberts. Medical calls, responded to in a station wagon, were part of the service until 1968 when they became their own entity.

With Joe Iles in the role of Chief, a new pumper was purchased for $26,000 in 1972. It was at this time that a new hall was started behind the arena to replace the fire hall that was located under the town hall at the corner of Maple Avenue and Mountain Street.

Fire Chief Howard Roberts took over in 1976 through until 1985 when Mike Stinson picked up the reins. At that time, Haliburton housed a van that the County had just purchased for extrication. A year later, a major fire burnt the Stedman’s store on Highland Street and spread to the hardware store and Pollards clothing store and the real estate office. After that fire, two new pumpers were purchased and the Fire Hall was expanded.

In 1989 Lloyd Baker (Buck) was appointed Chief for a brief period until 1991 when Chief Miles Maughan took over and served as Fire Chief until 2016.

Presently, Chief Mike Iles leads the Volunteer Fire Department. Lots of changes over the years, with the biggest being that it now costs close to half a million dollars to replace a fire truck.

14 Members of the Dysart Fire Department Practicing Ice Safety Training

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