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Update: Summer-long fire ban finally lifted in Sudbury, across northeast

Hot, dry conditions prompted fire ban to last nearly the whole summer so far

Sudburians can once again enjoy backyard fires and campfires. As of this morning, the fire ban that has been in place in Greater Sudbury since July 6 has finally been lifted

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has also lifted the fire bans that once covered a huge swath of northeastern and eastern Ontario.

The only provincial bans that remain in place are in the northwest, from west of Thunder Bay to the Manitoba border and north passed Red Lake.

Municipalities may still have local fire bans in place.

The fire hazard risk in Greater Sudbury remains high, the city said in a corrected news release, issued this morning.*

The city said it continues to monitor the fire hazard status and continues to urge caution when it comes to campfires and disposing of smoking materials.

For updates on the current fire ban status, you can visit or call the automated Fire Info Hotline at 705-674-4455, extension 2760. For information about open air burning in Greater Sudbury, visit has been checking surrounding municipalities for word on lifting the fire ban. So far, we've found out that the Municipality of French River is allowing small fires for cooking and warmth, but otherwise, the fire ban is still in effect in this area.

For information on restricted fire zones and fires within the province, visit the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry’s interactive forest fire info map.

*The city sent out a corrected news release just after 11 a.m. on Aug. 24, correcting the fire risk in the city.


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