Fire and Rescue Services

Emergency services signIn an Emergency - Dial 911 - Police, Fire and / or Ambulance

Please dial 911 if you are experiencing a life threatenting or property emergency.  911 calls are directed to Police, Fire and Ambulance.  Be prepared to provide:

  • your exact location, address, town/city
  • your telephone number including area code
  • nature of your call, services required
  • stay on the line until advised to hang up
Burn Permit

Township of North Kawartha Residential Fire (Burning) PermitCamp Fire Pit

Burn permits are required for all open air burning in the Municipality of North Kawartha. This includes campfires of any size and brush burning.

If you are unable to complete the burn permit online you must attend an issuing location (listed below) to complete a burn permit in person.

Online Burn Permit Application 

Once you complete and submit the online burn permit application below you will receive a reply with a pdf copy of your completed application via email (from  Please retain/print a copy for your files. 

Please note: Burn permits are valid for 1 year.  Please use the drop down calendars to set your dates.

Online Burn Permit Application

You can visit one of the following locations during operating hours to obtain a burn permit in person:

  • Woodview General Store, 6220 Highway 28, Woodview
  • Anstruther Marina, 23 Fire Route 63, Anstruther Lake
  • Municipal Office, 280 Burleigh Street, Apsley

The following is not permitted:

  • Burn barrels
  • Burning of grass or leaves
  • Ignition of or use of flying lantern (also known as sky lantern)
  • Burning of garbage or hazardous to the environment materials
  • Burning during the daytime ( 8 AM until 6 PM) from April 1 until October 31

Consult the Open Air Burning Bylaw for a complete list of all the rules related to open air burning.
View the following By-laws:

  • By-Law #46/12  By-law of the Corporation of the Township of North Kawarhta to regulate the setting of open air fires and to repeal By-Law #24/11
  • By-Law 2018-085  By-law of the Corporation of the Township of North Kawartha to amend By-Law 2012-046 which regulates the setting of open air fires, by including the ban of flying lanterns.

1. The applicant acknowledges having read and understood By-Law No. 46/12.
2. The person issued the permit shall keep the permit at the site of the burning operation conducted
under the permit, and produce it upon request from the Fire Department or authorized authorities.
3. This permit is granted for the purpose of campfires, cookouts, corn roasts etc..., the size of fire is to
be limited to 0.6 meter x 0.6 meter x 0.6 meter (2 feet x 2 feet x 2 feet).
4. This permit is granted for the purpose of brush burning, the size of the fire is to be limited to 1
meter x 1 meter x 1 meter (3.3 feet x 3.3 feet x 3.3 feet)
5. The person issued the permit shall have at the location of the fire at all times a competent person and
enough water and equipment to completely control and extinguish the fire.
6. It is the responsibility of the person issued the permit to check and monitor burning
conditions as well as to ensure a Burn Ban is not in place.
7. A competent person shall extinguish the fire until dead out before leaving the fire unattended.
8. From April 1 until October 31 burning is permitted after 6 p.m. until 8 a.m. only. NO DAY
9. Fines and or Fees as per Schedule "D" and "E" will be issued to the REGISTERED OWNER
of the property.

Contractor Burn Permits are available in the Municipal Office

Burn Ban Status

Burn Ban Status

There is No Burn Ban in the Township of North Kawartha at this time.

Burn Ban information will be provided by the following means:

  • Signs will be posted
  • Notices on the Township Information Board
  • Township Website and Social Media Sites
 CPR/First Aid Course
A CPR/First Aid course can be arranged through the Fire Department if there is enough people interested. If you have a group of people interested in taking the course please contact the Fire Chief.
Carbon Monixide Awareness

In case of an emergency call 9-1-1

What is Carbon Monoxide?

Carbon monoxide is a gas that you can't see, smell or taste. It is produced by gas or oil furnaces, space and water heaters, clothes dryers, ovens, wood stoves and other household appliances that run on fossil fuels such as wood, gas, oil or coal.

Warning Signs

Carbon Monoxide poisoning and the flu seem a lot alike at first. Early warning signs of low level poisoning include tiredness, headaches, dizziness, nausea or vomiting and shortness of breath. Your skin may also turn pink or red in response to rising blood pressure. If you experience any of these symptoms you may be suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning and should call 911 as well as talk to your doctor.

Protect yourself

  • Install at least one carbon monoxide detector on every level of your home, especially outside sleeping areas. There are several types of detectors, including battery-operated and plug-in models. Install the carbon monoxide detector according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Have a qualified service technician inspect and clean your fuel-burning appliances, furnace, vent pipe and chimney flues once a year. Bird nests, twigs and old mortar in chimneys can block proper ventilation and lead to build-up of carbon monoxide gas in the home.


Test your carbon monoxide detector regularly to make sure it is operating properly. The owner's manual should tell you how to test your alarm. Remember to check the manual for information on when to buy a new carbon monoxide detector.

What should you do if the detector alarm sounds?

If the detector sounds, you and all members of your household should leave your home immediately. From outside the home, call 9-1-1. Don't go back inside until the problem has been found and corrected. The Fire Services will inspect your home to find the source of the carbon monoxide.

In case of fire or an emergency, call 9-1-1.

Firefighter Recruitment
Firefighter Recruitment

Opportunities for paid on call firefighters.  Please send your resume, attention Jesse Lambe, Fire Chief, by mail to P.O. Box 550, Apsley, ON K0L 1A0, by fax to 705-656-4964 or by email to the Fire Chief.

Station Locations
Station Locations

Station 1 - 66 Northey's Bay Road, Woodview, ON K0L 3E0

Station 2 - 10193 Highway 28, Apsley, ON  K0L 1A0

Move Right for the Green Light
Move Right for the Green Light

The North Kawartha Fire Department wants to remind everyone traveling on our roads, that a flashing green light in a vehicle signifies a volunteer firefighter responding to an emergency.  It is common courtesy to pull over to the right and allow them to pass.

Photo Gallery: Fire Hall 1 will appear here on the public site.
Photo Gallery: Fire Hall 2 will appear here on the public site.



Personnel respond to an average of 305 emergency calls a year over a large geographical area that is mostly rural. Strong fire prevention and education programs are in place to help protect life and property in the Township.





The North Kawartha Fire Department consists of 2 Fire Halls, a full-time Fire Chief and a full-time Deputy Fire Chief with a complement of 40 paid on-call firefighters.

Fleming College Pre-Service Firefighter Education

Students are employed in a volunteer firefighter role, gaining additional hands-on experience under the supervision of trained firefighters and command officers.   Currently,  the North Kawartha Fire Department include 6 students from the Fleming College Pre-Service Firefirghter program.

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