Restricted Fire Zone lifted across region

Staff

Labour Day weekend campfires are a go for northwestern Ontario, but the Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services would like to remind the public to use caution when performing any outdoor burning.

Effective September 1 at 12:01 a.m., the Restricted Fire Zone in effect in the Northwest Region has been revoked. However, the AFFES requests that residents choosing to exercise caution when planning a campfire and follow all outdoor burning rules that remain in effect in Ontario until the end of the fire season (October 31).

In order to dispose of yard waste and woody debris, residents are encouraged you to use methods such as composting or using your local landfill. If you must burn, follow Ontario’s outdoor burning regulations.

Fires are to be ignited no sooner than two hours before sunset and extinguished no later than two hours after sunrise.

Always have tools/water adequate to contain the fire at the site. Know the rules for safe outdoor burning. To consult the full set of outdoor burning regulations under Ontario’s Forest Fire Prevention Act, visit our website at ontario.ca/page/outdoor-fire-rules-and-permits

At the time of this update there were 76 active fires in the northwest region. 6 fires were not under control, 2 fires were being held, 12 fires were under control and 56 fires were being monitored.

The fire hazard is mainly low to moderate across the region with a few small areas of high hazard in the districts of Red Lake, Fort Frances and Thunder Bay.

To see the wildland fire hazard near you, visit our interactive map at Ontario.ca/forestfire.

Follow Ontario’s Outdoor Burning Regulations

In order to dispose of yard waste and woody debris, we encourage you to use methods such as composting or using your local landfill. If you must burn, follow Ontario’s outdoor burning regulations.

Fires are to be ignited no sooner than 2 hours before sunset and extinguished no later than 2 hours after sunrise.

Always have tools/water adequate to contain the fire at the site. Know the rules for safe outdoor burning. To consult the full set of outdoor burning regulations under Ontario’s Forest Fire Prevention Act, visit our website at ontario.ca/page/outdoor-fire-rules-and-permits

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