THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ~~ May 22, 2020 (LSN) Due to the high to extreme forest fire hazard, effective 12:01 am Saturday May 23, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry will implement a Restricted Fire Zone in the Thunder Bay and Dryden Districts, as well as the eastern Fort Frances district and southern portions of Sioux Lookout and Nipigon Districts.
The Restricted Fire Zone will be in effect until further notice. Outdoor fires are banned. Portable gas stoves may still be used BUT must be handled with extreme care. You can learn more about Restricted Fire Zones here.
For a more detailed boundary of the Restricted Fire Zone, consult the interactive fire map at Ontario.ca/forestfire.
Effective at midnight tonight Thunder Bay Fire Rescue has issued a fire ban on all outdoor burning within the City of Thunder Bay. The ban on outdoor burning is consistent with the recent Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests Restricted Fire Zone declaration.
Residents are reminded that all outdoor burning permits are suspended when a fire ban is in effect. Any outdoor burning during a fire ban will result in prosecution and substantial fine. We appreciate the community’s cooperation and Thunder Bay Fire Rescue will advise when the fire ban and suspension of permits is lifted.
There were four new fires discovered by the afternoon of May 22.
There are currently 7 other active fires in the Northeast, of these, only one remains not under control.
Currently, there are five fires being held, two fires under control and one fire being observed.
The fire hazard ranges from high to extreme with the areas of most concern situated in the Elliot Lake and Pembroke areas.
Follow Ontario’s Outdoor Burning Regulations
Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services would like to remind the public to use caution when performing any outdoor burning. 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.
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