Property owners are responsible for paying the cost of fighting fires on their property. Check with your insurance agent to determine if your fire insurance policy covers the cost of fighting fires. It is possible to obtain an endorsement with an additional premium to provide coverage to reimburse you for any costs incurred in fighting a fire. Grass and brush fires generate substantial fire fighting costs (invoices of $100,000 have occurred in the past) and are usually caused by carelessness.
A Bylaw exists for the issuance of permits and also charging of costs.
Any landowner planning to have a controlled burn on their property should contact the Municipal office.
If you are within Saskatchewan Environment response area you must contact either the Dorintosh Cache at 236-7696 for the Big River Cache at 469-2500. If you are having a controlled burn in an area that another urban department would respond, the Municipal office will advise the proper department of the date, time and location of the burn.
All landowners located in the RM of Meadow Lake burn area must receive their burning permit from January to December.
All landowners located in the Dorintosh area and under Sask. Environment must receive their burning permit from: RM of Meadow Lake – January – March 31 then from Sask. Environment from April 1 – October 31 and then again from the RM of Meadow Lake from November 1 – December 31.
All landowners located in the Big River area and under Sask. Environment must receive their burning permit from: RM of Meadow Lake – January – March 31 then from Sask. Environment from April 1 – October 31 and then again from the RM of Meadow Lake from November 1 – December 31.
Landowners are reminded it is unwise to burn in very windy, dry weather and always provide extensive fire guarding before a controlled burn. Failure to do so is a contravention of The Prairie and Forest Fires Act. If a controlled burn has not been reported, the landowner may find himself facing a substantial fire bill if a well-meaning passerby calls in a fire report.