Fire danger rating set at high

The fire danger rating in Severn has been set to high. Dry conditions due to lack of rain have made it necessary to set this rating. At the high rating, burning is allowed but please use extra caution. We are recommending no burning. 

About the fire danger rating

Always check the Fire Danger Rating before starting a fire. The fire danger rating is determined using the Fire Weather Index (FWI), an internationally used method for ranking the risk of open-air fires. It considers humidity, temperature, recent rain amounts, as well as wind directions and wind speed.

What do the ratings mean?
  • Low: Low fire danger. Burning is permitted
  • Moderate: Moderate fire danger. Burn with caution.
  • High: High danger of fire. Extra care should be taken, with a recommendation of no burning. Severn may issue a municipal-wide fire ban.
  • Extreme: Extreme fire danger. No burning of any kind is allowed. A total fire ban will be issued by the Township.
  • Fire Ban: When the fire ban is in place, no burning of any kind is permitted. Fireworks are also not allowed.

Signs have been placed throughout the community to show the Fire Danger Rating.

These signs are located at:


Before you start a fire, make sure you consider the size and location:

  • fires must be no larger than 61 centimetres in any direction
  • fires must be 6.1 metres from anything combustible, such as a structure, fence, or trees
  • you can only have one fire on your property at a time

Please follow these additional fire permit guidelines:

  • don't burn if wind speed is over 20 kilometres per hour
  • keep pails of water or a hose nearby to extinguish the fire
  • remove all ground cover within a 1 metre radius of the fire
  • ensure that someone 18 years of age or older is always supervising the fire
  • don't burn if there's rain, fog or a fire ban in effect
  • burn clean, dry wood only

If you don't follow these guidelines, your fire permit may be revoked without a refund and the property owner may be invoiced for services. 

You can subscribe to receive updates by email on Severn’s fire danger rating at

Contact us

Tim Cranney
Director of Fire and Emergency Services/Fire Chief
Phone: 705-325-2315 x247
Email Tim

Jake Hawkins
Fire Prevention Officer
Phone: 705-325-2315 x248
Email Jake

Non-Emergency Fire
Phone: 705-325-5201