Restrictions Lifted On Outdoor Burning In Northwestern Ontario
McGuinty Government Removes Restricted Fire Zone
At noon today, the Restricted Fire Zone across Northwestern Ontario was lifted. Campfires for cooking and warmth are now allowed in this area.
On Friday, April 23, the Restricted Fire Zone was ordered due to the extreme fire hazard and unusually dry spring conditions which resulted in increased forest fire activity. The restrictions are no longer required as the fire hazard has eased due to precipitation across region.
Forest fire prevention is everyone's responsibility. Residents should avoid burning brush or grass and should consider composting or chipping as alternatives.
- Early detection and reporting are essential to quickly managing forest fires.
- 310-FIRE (3473) is the new, toll-free emergency forest fire phone number across northern Ontario. The number operates north of the French and Mattawa Rivers.
- See a map showing all current Restricted Fire Zones.
- Find out more about how the Ministry of Natural Resources uses aviation, forest fire management and emergency response expertise and resources to protect the people of Ontario and our natural resources.
- Be FireSmart. Visit ontario.ca/fireprevention for more information on how to prevent forest fires.