Outdoor Burning Restrictions Lifted In Parts Of Northeastern Ontario
McGuinty Government Lifts Restricted Fire Zone In Most Areas
At 12:01 a.m. today, the Restricted Fire Zone across much of northeastern Ontario was lifted. However, it remains in place for the Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury and North Bay areas due to continuing dry conditions.
On Thursday, May 19, a Restricted Fire Zone was ordered due to dry forest conditions, a greater presence of people in forested areas and forecasts of continued lightning activity. Ministry of Natural Resources fire suppression resources have responded to 177 fires since that date.
The area remaining under restriction is bounded by Lake Huron and the French and Mattawa Rivers in the south, the Quebec border in the east, from Latchford to the Montreal River in the north, and the Lake Superior shoreline on the west. Since this area has received minimal, scattered showers over the past few days with uncertain forecasts for the weekend, it remains dry and susceptible to fire starts.
Forest fire prevention is everyone's responsibility. Residents should keep campfires small and always ensure that they are put out before leaving the site.
- 310-FIRE (3473) is northern Ontario's new toll-free forest fire reporting number.
- To date, the ministry has responded to over 560 forest fires that have burned nearly 12,000 hectares.