Fire ban lifted in far north

Effective at midnight last night, the Ministry of Natural Resources has lifted the Restricted Fire Zone previously imposed in the far northern sections of Red Lake and Sioux Lookout districts of Northwestern Ontario.
But the fire ban remains in effect in the territorial districts of Fort Frances, Kenora, Dryden, and Thunder Bay and through the southern portions of the Nipigon, Sioux Lookout and Red Lake districts.
Under the Restricted Fire Zone regulation, all burning permits are suspended and all open fires are prohibited.
Campfires may be allowed at some organized campgrounds or parks that use approved fire pits and meet certain other criteria.
Within the Restricted Fire Zone area, people still can use portable gas stoves for cooking and warmth, but the public is asked to exercise extreme caution.
The MNR has imposed a Restricted Fire Zone because of minimal rain, continued lightning activity, drought-like conditions, and new forest fires being reported daily.
In related news, an Emergency Area Order was implemented Saturday due to the fire raging near Vermilion Bay.
Under it, access on and use of Winnange Lake, Teggau Lake, Rogers Lake, and the west arm of Eagle Lake is prohibited in order to ensure public safety and allow for effective fire suppression operations.
Exemptions, for access into the EAO area, may be authorized through a permit issued by Dryden District.

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