Bon-fires in the Point

Hello Sturgeon Pointers,

There are some activities that are synonymous with summer time and gathering around a bon-fire is certainly one of the most enjoyable for some people.  A number of recent events have spurred me to remind everyone that fire safety is very important in our community of mostly old wooden cottages among the trees.  

In your travels you will notice signs that look like the one below on sign posts on the sides of the highways that tell us about the risk level of having a fire.  The ratings help us all to use our best judgment when considering lighting a fire.  Keep an eye out for these signs when you head to town for ice cream!





There is a City of Kawartha Lakes By-Law that outlines the conditions for having an open air fire.  Some of the pertinent points are:

  • A fire must be at least 15 meters away from any structure (house, garage, etc) and 5 meters from any fences, trees, brush piles or other combustible materials
  • An adult must supervise any fire at all times until it is extinguished
  • A fire must be fully extinguished (not just left to burn out on its own)

The full By-Law can be found here; I think we should all be familiar with its contents.  If you have any questions, please contact the City or the Fire Department.  

Please burn responsibly!



 Lisa Vehrs
Sturgeon Point Association
[email protected]

Please be aware of Local Fire Codes

Careful with fires!
Careful with fires!

Among summer’s favourite pastimes is time spent outdoors with friends and neighbours around a campfire. Here in Sturgeon Point there is a particular sensitivity to this issue because of the high density of old wooden cottages along our streets that would quickly succumb to a fire. The large number of mature pine and cedar trees are also vulnerable to open flames. The setting of open air fires is governed by the bylaws of the City of Kawartha Lakes. You can read a condensed version of these bylaws here. For the full blown, un-edited version of the bylaw you can click here. This is a serious issue that can affect all of us and deserves our attention. We encourage you to be aware of the local bylaws governing the setting of fires.