Thunder Bay

Restricted fire zone in effect for northwestern Ontario

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has sent out a reminder that a restricted fire zone remains in effect across northwestern Ontario.

Open air burning, campfires and fireworks all banned while restriction in place

Campfires and fireworks are banned under the fire restrictions placed by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has sent out a reminder that a restricted fire zone remains in effect across northwestern Ontario.

Outdoor fire pits, campfires, and fireworks are banned for the area from the Manitoba border to east of Marathon, Ont. and extending north of Cat Lake, Ont.

The Ministry says the extended period of dry weather has contributed to the risk, as well as the shortage of firefighters in the region.

Blair Arthur, chief of the Shuniah Fire Department, said the restrictions may dampen some of the long weekend's spirit.

"Fireworks are still considered open air burning," Arthur said, "and they're not allowed during a restricted fire zone."

Arthur said the department is also concerned about the danger of Chinese lanterns and hope no one attempts to use them.

Meanwhile, the City of Thunder Bay suspended all fire permits on Friday, at the request of the ministry.

"In light of present conditions, for the safety of the citizens of Thunder Bay, suspending burning permits at this time is a prudent action," said Greg Hankkio, deputy fire chief.

"The burning ban is consistent with restrictions presently in place by the MNR, and this action will alleviate any mixed messaging regarding fire bans in the area surrounding the City of Thunder Bay."

with files from Mary-Jean Cormier. Edited/packaged by Casey Stranges

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