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Central Manitoulin Fire Department

Call 911 if you have an emergency.

Call 310-Fire (3473) to report a fire.

Know the rules for any fires!  Follow By Law 2020 14 for Open Air Burning and Amendment 2023-20 

Central Manitoulin Volunteer Fire Department provides 24-hour emergency response service. The Fire Department covers a geographic area of 428 square kilometres.

The Volunteer Fire Department currently consists of 28 members.

  • Chief
  • Deputy Chief
  • Seven Captains
  • Nineteen Firefighters

There are four fire halls in the Municipality of Central Manitoulin.

  • Hall # 1 – Spring Bay Hall
  • Hall # 2 - Mindemoya hall
  • Hall # 3 - Sandfield/Big Lake Hall
  • Hall # 4 - Providence Bay Hall

The fire halls have a total of seven trucks.

  • Four pumper trucks
  • Three water tankers

Burn permits are available for $5.00 at the Municipal Office at 6020 Highway 542, Mindemoya, ON. To determine if you need a burn permit review By-Law 2020-14.  Please also see Amendment 2023-20.

Call 705-377-5726 for more information on Burn Permits.

Fire Chief Phil Gosse was appointed in September 2021. Contact Fire Chief Gosse at 705-282-7367 or email

The current rating is Moderate

What the danger class ratings mean

Low: Fires may start easily and spread quickly but there will be minimal involvement of deeper fuel layers or larger fuels.

Moderate: Forest fuels are drying and there is an increased risk of surface fires starting. Carry out any forest activities with caution.

High: Forest fuels are very dry and the fire risk is serious. New fires may start easily, burn vigorously, and challenge fire suppression efforts. Extreme caution must be used in any forest activities. Open burning and industrial activities may be restricted.

Extreme: Extremely dry forest fuels and the fire risk is very serious. New fires will start easily, spread rapidly, and challenge fire suppression efforts. General forest activities may be restricted, including open burning, industrial activities and campfires.

By Law 2020 14 is a by-law to provide for the regulation of open-air burning and precautions while burning. The by-law contains several conditions that you need to know for having a fire.

Please also see Amendment 2023-20  

Volunteer with the Central Manitoulin Fire Department Today!

Send your completed applications to:
Municipality of Central Manitoulin C/O of Phil Gosse
P.O. Box 420 Mindemoya, ON P0P 1S0


Everything you need to know about having a fire is in By-Law 2020-14. and Amendment 2023-20.The by-laws provide for the regulation of open-air burning and precautions to be taken while burning.

There are several items to consider when setting a fire
• Burning times and procedures:
  • April 1 to October 31st -The fire is started not earlier then two hours before sunset, and is extinguished not later then two hours after sunrise the following day, or earlier during the fire season April 1 to October
  • November 1 to March 31- The fire is started not earlier then two hours before sunset and is extinguished not later than two hours after sunrise the following day or earlier during November 1 to March 31, as per Ontario Outdoor Fires Regulation 207/96 s. 2.4. And furthermore, to include notification to the Municipality of burning activity by filing a burning permit application which must be approved by the Fire Chief
Set fires in safe conditions.
• Don't set a fire within 8 metres of structures or combustible objects
• Don't set a fire in burn barrel in a non-designated area
• Don't set a fire without burn permit when a permit is required for specific types of open-air burning. (i.e. brush and clean wood products)
• Don't burn prohibited materials
• Have a competent adult person in charge/control of the fire
• Don't leave or abandon unextinguished fires
• Have fire control tools or extinguisher readily available
• Don't reduce visibility on a highway
• Don't cause a fire that spreads
• Don't start a fire that impacts neighbours adversely
• Don't set a fire during a Municipal Fire Ban
• Don't set a fire in a Restricted Fire Zone
• Don't set a fire on highway or asphalt
• Don't set an unauthorized fire on Municipal property
• Don't set fire in a prohibited areas
• Don't set an oversize campfire
• Don't hinder or obstruct an officer

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