Fire ban now in effect

As of midnight last night, the Ministry of Natural Resources has imposed a Restricted Fire Zone (RFZ) across Northwestern Ontario because of the growing threat of wildfires resulting from a prolonged heat wave and dry weather.
The forest fire hazard is “extreme” across the region, and all open burning is prohibited in the territorial districts of Fort Frances, Dryden, Kenora, Nipigon, Red Lake, Sioux Lookout, and Thunder Bay until further notice.
By eliminating human-caused fires that result from carelessness, the MNR can focus its resources on responding to new lightning-caused ones.
Under the RFZ regulations, all burning permits are suspended and all open fires are prohibited.
Campfires may be allowed at some campgrounds or parks that use approved fire pits and meet certain other criteria. Campers are encouraged to check with the owners/operators.
Within the RFZ, people still can use portable gas stoves for cooking and warmth, but the public is asked to exercise extreme caution.
Ministry staff and conservation officers will strictly enforce the ban on open burning.

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