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Burn ban lifted in Waterloo region townships

Some rain was all that was needed to lift an open burn ban in the townships of Waterloo region.

Dry and hot weather conditions in July prohibited open fires

The rainfall since the beginning of August has led the townships to lift a ban on open burning. (Heidi Atter/CBC)

An open burn ban that came into effect at the end of July has been lifted in the townships of North Dumfries, Wellesley, Wilmot and Woolwich.

A joint statement released by the townships on Friday said "the recent precipitation" led the township to rescind the ban which came into effect on July 28.

"Conditions will continue to be monitored this summer and if dry, hot weather returns, additional burn bans
could be implemented without notice if the conditions warrant," said the release.

"While the ban has been lifted, we ask for everyone to remain cautious, attentive, and have extinguishing
agents available at all times as it is important to maintain this level of safety as the ban is lifted."

So far in August about 30 millimeters of rain has fallen in Waterloo region, according to the Environment and Climate Change Canada website.

In July just 18.7 millimetres of rain was reported at the Region of Waterloo International Airport.

The ban covered the burning of materials like wood, cardboard, branches, brush and garden waste. Barbecues and small campfires were still permitted but people were asked to be cautious.

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