The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has declared a Restricted Fire Zone (RFZ) in Northwestern Ontario to reduce the risk of human-caused wildfires.
Effective as of this morning, the RFZ is in place and will remain so until conditions improve.
The fire hazard is “extreme” because of unusually dry spring conditions which have resulted in increasing fire activity.
The long-term weather forecast shows no relief in the form of significant precipitation.
Under the RFZ, all burning permits are suspended and all open fires prohibited.
Campfires may be allowed at some organized campgrounds or parks that use approved fire pits and meet certain other criteria.
Campers should check with the owners and operators first.
Within the RFZ, people can still use gas stoves for cooking and warmth but they are asked to use extreme caution.
Fire and conservation staff will strictly enforce the restrictions on open burning.
Report forest fires by calling 310-FIRE (3473).