Fire is warm and fun! This isn’t called a Burn for nothing, after all. It’s also not the safest way to have fun, so to avoid any unfortunate incidents the Fire Art Safety Team (FAST) would like you to be aware of a few points:

General Fire

It’s likely to be cold at night. Fires are a great way to keep warm, but please follow these guidelines:

  • Don’t light fires directly on the ground. Raise it off the ground on a non-flammable platform, metal sheet on bricks, burn barrel on legs or bricks, in a portable fire pit, or similar.

  • Burn barrels must have a metal mesh top with openings 0.5cm or smaller

  • Don’t forage for firewood or cut down trees

  • No fires in the forest

  • Fires must be attended at all times. Your fire will be put out if it’s found unattended. This includes propane fire pits and flame effects.

  • You should have a bucket of water or fire extinguisher nearby just in case

  • A radius of 10 feet around the fire must be clear of brush, dry grass, and anything else flammable (this means not walking away after you’ve left your wet shoes leaning against a burn barrel)

  • Pyrotechnics and fireworks are not allowed

Fire Art

  • Flame effects must comply with NFPA160 and must be inspected by FAST.

  • If you’re bringing a flame effect please prepare a safety plan and contact FAST before the event.

  • When you arrive at the event with a flame effect please check in with FAST for a quick inspection.

  • If you intend to burn an art piece you are responsible for a burn plan and staffing a perimeter. Please contact FAST as soon as possible if you intend to do this.

  • Some materials should not be burned in large amounts and can not be used in the construction of your project:

    • Paper
    • Cardboard
    • Paper maché
    • Natural or synthetic fabric
    • 1/8″ and 1/4″ plywood
    • Plywood with a veneer layer
    • Plastic
    • Wool and leather
  • Contact FAST at fire@tohyperborea.ca to discuss burning art or operating a flame effect.

Fire Performance

  • Fire spinning and similar performances are allowed and are subject to the same rules as other fires outlined above.

  • Performances must be in an area clear of brush and dry grass. Fire is not permitted in the forest.

  • Hyperborea is a Leave No Trace event – do not spill, spin out, or burn fuel on the ground.

  • Performers must have a safety with a wet or fire-retardant blanket ready.

Learn more about the F.A.S.T on the department page