Having a bonfire in France – is it ok to light a fire outdoors?

BonfireWith all the rain we’ve been having, the weeds are growing at a great rate and a bonfire seems the best way to get rid of them. However, it seems that there are rules and regulations surrounding lighting a fire in France.

Depending on where in France you live, bonfires are generally banned between May and October and in some areas, the ban is from March to October. To find out what the rules are in your area, it’s best to contact the Mairie or the local Pompiers.  I’ve read that in some areas, you can’t have a fire unless you have the permission of the Mairie, no matter what time of year it is.

The reasons for the rules are that even the smallest fire can cause wildfires, and the burning of household waste can produce fine particle pollution.

It might be worth checking out your local déchetterie to see if they take green waste – it seems that without being able to have a good old burn up, this is the only option, unless of course, you put all the garden waste into the compost heap! This is all very well, but if, like us, you have acres of grass to mow, it’s too much to put in the compost heap. Mind you, I don’t relish the thought of bagging up all the grass clippings from two acres of lawn and loading up the van for the déchetterie. But I guess it’s better than finding ourselves facing a huge fine!

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