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Fire Bans in northern Ontario


April 22, 2010 — Outdoor fires are prohibited in northern Ontario in an attempt to prevent wildfires within the region.

If you're in northwestern Ontario and plan to light an outdoor fire this weekend, think again.

The Ministry of Natural Resources has declared a Restricted Fire Zone for much of the area and that will begin as early as Friday at 12:01 a.m. The ban is in place in an effort to prevent wildfires from happening.

It all stems from the unusually dry spring conditions.

“Because of these prolonged dry, sunny days there's been an enhanced risk of brush fires,” says Weather Network meteorologist Brian Dillon.

Officials say the ban will stay in place until conditions improve, which could be a week at least.

“Conditions will remain fairly mild and dry into the weekend and even most of next week with temperatures hovering around 15 to 16 degrees,” says Dillon. “And as of now, it doesn't look like it will rain until late next week.”

So what does this mean for residents?

The ban is prohibiting any and all open fires and burning permits are suspended for the time being. You can still enjoy a campfire, but they must be at organized parks or campgrounds that use approved fire pits.

It's a very similar story across the Prairies. Click on the Related Link above to find out more on what's happening there.

For the latest details on the weather in northern Ontario, tune into The Weather Network on TV. Your Regional Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of each hour.

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