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City reminds folks the current fire ban includes fireworks

May Run is a popular time to shoot off a few fireworks, but officials ask the public not to this year as dry conditions persist
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The City of Greater Sudbury is reminding residents that fireworks are not permitted this Victoria Day weekend due to the current fire ban.

Imposed May 11 due to persistent dry conditions and a spike in brush fires,  the fire ban prohibits all open-air fires, including campfires, chiminea fireplaces, crop residue fires and any other type of outdoor burning. All open-air fire permits are cancelled for the duration of the ban. Gas-fired and charcoal barbecues and outdoor propane fireplaces are still permitted.

“While last week’s heatwave has been replaced by more seasonal temperatures, the Greater Sudbury area has yet to receive enough significant or consistent rainfall to improve dry conditions, and water levels in rural area lakes, ponds, creeks and swamps remain low,” the city said.

To report a fire during a ban, call 911, officials said in a news release Friday.

“Should a violation of the fire ban result in response by firefighters, individuals responsible may be charged for the full cost of the service call at a charge of between $1,500 and $2,000 per hour it takes to get the fire under control.

Conditions will be monitored daily. Updates can be found at GreaterSudbury.ca/fireservices