North Glengarry lifts burn ban; South Glengarry thinking about it

(Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

GLENGARRY COUNTY – North Glengarry has lifted its burn ban while South Glengarry is thinking about it.

North Glengarry announced today (Thursday) the ban that went into effect April 3 is now lifted.

“We recognize that many of you are eager to resume burning for both agricultural and recreational purposes. We remind residents that any and all open air fires require burn permits…we need to keep our community safe,” Fire Chief Matthew Roy said in a statement.

Meanwhile, South Glengarry has taken a more reserved approach, deciding Wednesday to allow agricultural burns just for brush piles that are impeding livestock and crop work. They have to be pre-approved by Fire Chief Dave Robertson.

South Glengarry Mayor Frank Prevost says he would like to see the ban lifted in the coming weeks because it “would be an incentive to stay home and have a small family bonfire” in the back yard while practicing social distancing.