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City lifts two-week-old fire ban

Dry spring conditions prompted officials to ban outdoor fires on May 11
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Greater Sudbury has lifted the fire ban it imposed on May 11.

Imposed due to persistent dry conditions and a spike in brush fires,  the fire ban prohibited all open-air fires, including campfires, chiminea fireplaces, crop residue fires and any other type of outdoor burning. All open-air fire permits were also cancelled for the duration of the ban. Gas-fired and charcoal barbecues and outdoor propane fireplaces were still permitted.

“The fire hazard has improved with cooler temperatures and recent rain showers,” the city said today.

“While campfires, chiminea fireplaces, crop residue fires, and other types of outdoor burning are permitted, please be safe and cautious around any outdoor fires, and never leave a fire unattended.”

The city said officials will continue to monitor the fire hazard status and will inform residents should the fire ban be reinstated.

For information about open air burning in Greater Sudbury, visit www.greatersudbury.ca/fire.

For information on restricted fire zones and fires within the province, visit the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry’s website and see their Forest Fire Info Map.