Parts of northwestern Ontario are now under a Restricted Fire Zone. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has put the Restricted Fire Zone in place until further notice.

The order is required to reduce the possibility of unwanted human caused fires, as the region is under an extreme forest fire hazard.

The Restricted Fire Zone includes the Kenora, Fort Frances and Dryden Districts, as well as the southern portions of Red Lake, Sioux Lookout and Thunder Bay Districts. Residents outside the Restricted Fire Zone are urged to check with their municipal fire department for local burning restrictions.

During the Restricted Fire Zone, the use of open fires – such as campfires or burning of debris – is not permitted. Portable gas and propane stoves are allowed, but must be carefully managed. Commercial campground operators may allow their guests to have a campfire during the RFZ, provided certain conditions are met.

Failure to comply with a Restricted Fire Zone could result in a fine of up to $25,000 and three months in jail, as well as the financial responsibility for the costs incurred in fighting a forest fire caused by the illegal act.

Northwestern Ontario last saw a Restricted Fire Zone in May, which lasted for 15 days. There are currently 76 active forest fires in the region. 

Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.
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