Windsor firefighters rushed to backyard fires seven times this week alone.
John Lee, the acting chief fire prevention officer, wants to make it clear to everyone that it is illegal to burn a fire in fire bowls, pits or chimineas in Windsor.
He also said the common belief that these types of pits are legal as long as they are being used to roast a marshmallow or wiener over the flame is wrong.
"That was a common thread that we found throughout that, basically, for a lack of better terms, legalized the burning," Lee said. "The position of our chief is that that is not the intent of that device, and it's not permitted."
Lee said there are lots of potential problems with illegal fire pits and backyard burning, in general.
"You have environmental issues if the wrong wood or wrong product is used," he said of pressure treated wood, for example. "You have damage to property. There's also the nuisance issues or complaints when it effects people around them."
Penalties for breaking the rules run up to $50,000 and a year in jail.
"Typically that's not what you would see. Generally, if there is to be prosecution, it's 10 per cent of the maximum fine on the first offense," Lee said.
Lee said Cooking appliances that are fuelled by propane and natural gas are fine to be used outside. Lee says people get confused about what's legal, since fire bowls and chimineas are sold in Windsor stores.
A complete list of which appliance and devices are legal is on the fire department's website.