Christmas tree drop-off


Following yesterday’s announcement by the Town of Fort Frances that the Christmas tree drop off organized by the Fort Frances Fire Brigade would have to be cancelled, a business owner in town has stepped up to offer a safe way to get rid of your flammable tree.

Due to the announcement of the province’s second state of emergency and a stay-at-home order in response to rising COVID cases, the Fire Brigade was forced to cancel their planned tree drop-off/pick-up initiative. However, Daryl Eyolfson of Daryl’s Custom Landscapes has stepped in to provide those who are able to drop off a tree a safe location to do so.

Starting this Saturday, January 16 and running until January 23, residents in town can bring their live tree to his lot on McIrvine Road, the first left hand turn north of Eight Street West. There will be an established area at that location for tree drop-offs.

Christmas trees pose a fire hazard as they begin to die and dry out, so the annual pick-up/drop-off is as much about safety as it is about cleaning up after the holidays. According to the Ontario Association of Fire chiefs, Christmas trees should never be disposed of in a fire place or wood stove, as the “rapid burning and excessive heat” from the fire can lead to damage to the firebox or chimney and create a serious fire hazard.

However, for those who don’t have a garden or don’t care to deal with their trees once the lights and decorations come down, there’s plenty of time to get your tree to the designated drop-off lot. For more information or if there are any questions, contact Daryl at 807-275-9563. Should anyone wish to make a donation, please contribute to someone in need.