If you plan on having any camp fires this summer, you need a permit.

The Timmins Fire Department says it is illegal to have a small backyard fire without a Residential Burning Permit. Fire Prevention Officer Rock Rice says there are some rules around burning with a permit including only burning clean wood in an approved fire pit and only between 7:00pm and midnight.

Rice says the fire pit must also be at least 10 feet away from any fence or building. This is to ensure nothing catches fire.

Rice says you can buy a season long permit for $25 at the Fire Hall. He says to buy a permit, you must be the owner of the home.

He says you can also buy a permit fr up to three years for $75. If you have a camp fire without a permit, you can face a fine of up to $550. Rice says firefighters have already handed out a number of fines this season.