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County-wide fire ban in effect until further notice

August 8, 2016   ·   0 Comments

The Town of Orangeville has issued a press release notifying the community of a County Wide fire ban. Currently, all fire departments in Dufferin County have implemented the ban until further notice.

According to the Orangeville Fire Department, the ban is in place to due to current weather conditions. With the extremely hot, dry summer we have had, conditions could lead to fires spreading more easily than normal.

Orangeville Fire Chief Ronald Morgan stated in the press release that ‘under this ban, all burning permits are suspended, and all open fires are prohibited.’

The county-wide ban on outdoor fires is in effect to help reduce the risk of human-caused hazard fires.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has also issued warnings, adding that ‘conditions are very dry in the region—reaching an “extreme level” on fire risk maps.’ Until further notice from the Ministry, no open air burning is permitted.

The ban includes all of the following types of open air burning: bon fires, recreational fires, construction burns, and any other type of outdoor fires.

The only exemption to the ban is gas-fired and charcoal barbecues.

Locally, the ban will remain in effect until all fire chiefs in Dufferin County have determined there has been enough rainfall to reduce the fire risk.

Violation of the fire ban could lead to charges and fines under the Provincial Act, and those bearing burn permits are not exempt from this ban.

Fore more information about the fire ban, residents are directed to call 519-941-3083 or contact their local fire department.

         

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