MNRF issues provincial fire ban 
April 3, 2020 - Yesterday, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) issued a province-wide Restricted Fire Zone, taking proactive action to ensure emergency response capacity is maintained during these uncertain times.

“This is a proactive action by the Ministry to reduce the number of preventable human-caused wildfires to ensure that emergency response capacity is maintained,” MNRF Director Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services Chris Cuthbertson, in a memo to all Ontario municipalities. “Minimizing wildfires will ensure the province is able to address any emergency fire situations as well as will reduce necessary contact among staff, and between staff and the public.”

Restrictions on burning take effect today, April 3, 2020 until further notice, and applies to all Crown and private land within a municipality, as well as provincial parks and conservation areas.

“This ban covers all open burning, unless the fire is for cooking or warmth, and is in a stove or installation prescribed in the Outdoor Fires Regulation,” explained Timmins Fire Chief Tom Laughren. “While it is not typical to issue these types of regulations so early in the season, we are living in unprecedented times and we all need to do our part to ensure emergency resources remain available, while also making sure we don’t exhaust or compromise our emergency service personnel.”
Posted by Heather Duhn On 4/3/2020 at 11:38 AM  

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