THUNDER BAY – Recent rain has lowered the risk of wildfires across Northwestern Ontario. As a result, the Ministry of Natural Resources has lifted the Restricted Fire Order as of 12:01 am May 30, 2020.
At that time, all valid outdoor burning permits will be reinstated. The fire ban being lifted is consistent with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests lifting the Restricted Fire Zone declaration.
Residents are reminded that fire stations are closed to the public due to the Covid-19 emergency, so permits can only be renewed and applied for online. New permit applications require an inspection by Thunder Bay Fire Rescue personnel, and those inspections will be completed as soon as possible.
Thunder Bay Fire Rescue reminds citizens that any outdoor burning within the city requires a permit. Permit rules and regulations are strictly enforced and failure to obtain a permit or follow the permit rules will result in prosecution and fine.
To apply for an outdoor burning permit, renew a permit, permit rules and regulations, and more information, visit: www.thunderbay.ca/fire
This means campfires, and permitted firepits in Thunder Bay and Shuniah are going to be allowed once again.
Shuniah Fire Rescue says, “We appreciate the public’s compliance during this period of escalated fire activity and reminds everyone that forest fire prevention is everybody’s responsibility.”
**A reminder that a valid Open-Air Burn Permit is required for all open-air burning in the Municipality.**