THUNDER BAY – The cool, damp weather, along with showers in the forecast have allowed officials with the MNR to lift the fire ban that was in effect in Northwestern Ontario. 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.