Algonquin Highlands Fire Department
Station 70 – Oxtongue Lake
WE SALUTE THE MEMBERS OF THE AlGONQUIN HIGHLANDS FIRE DEPARTMENT FOR THEIR
MANY HOURS OF DEVOTED TRAINING AND SERVICE TO PROTECT AND EDUCATE OUR COMMUNITY.
The Algonquin Highlands Fire Department, Station 70 – Oxtongue Lake is located at 3979 Hwy 60. It has a pumper/tanker, a rescue truck, a support unit, a snowmobile and atv. There are currently 14 dedicated men/women in the station keeping us safe, all of whom are trained in first aid, CPR, oxygen administration, and to be the first response team until an ambulance arrives. These volunteers are crucial both to our lives, our properties and do help keep our insurance rates down. We owe them a large amount of our admiration and support for the countless hours listening to radios, being on-call, and there for us in our hours of need.
Station 70, began as the Oxtongue Lake Fire Department in 1964 with many improvements being made to the Station over the years. In fact it’s humble beginnings were made with funds raised through bake sales and bingos and contributions from the OLA. Over the years, fund raising efforts were increased and many came to love the Fireman’s Barbecue and Dance. In 2001 the Oxtongue Lake Fire Department became part of the Algonquin Highlands Fire Department and so it was renamed Station 70 – Oxtongue Lake. Fund raising efforts continue to ensure the very best available to our community and visitors alike.
Photo by Marlene Kyle
The fire season is April 1st to October 31st. During this time period, daytime burning is prohibited. The only exception to this regulation is with an Industrial/Commercial permit for special daytime burning.
We at the OLA, are providing a quick summary of a key burning regulation, that we have taken from the Algonquin Highlands website and we encourage you to visit that site for the most up-to-date rules and regulations.
You may burn brush and leaves without a permit between 7pm and 7am.
Conditions for night time burning:
- Only a single pile is burned at any one time.
- The pile is not more then 2 metres in diameter and less then 2 metres high.
- The fire is at least 2 metres from any flammable materials.
- You have adequate tools or water to contain the fire to the fire site.
- A responsible person tends the fire until it is extinguished.
Campfires (maximum 60cm x 60cm) established for cooking (using a grill) or for warmth do not require a permit.