Greater Sudbury announces fire ban, effective Tuesday

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With extremely hot and dry weather conditions expected to continue through the coming days, Greater Sudbury has declared an open-air fire ban effective June 8 at 12:01 a.m.

"All open-air fires, including campfires, chiminea fireplaces, crop residue fires, fireworks, and any other type of outdoor burning, are prohibited," the city said in a news release Monday.

"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.

"The forest fire hazard index in the region is currently extreme," the release said. "Local weather forecasts for the next two weeks show no sustained or significant rain events to help mitigate that index, and water conditions in rural area lakes, ponds, creeks and swamps are low. A number of neighbouring communities have also implemented fire bans, including Parry Sound and Markstay-Warren."

To report a fire during a ban, call 911. 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.

Conditions will be monitored daily. The city will update residents when conditions improve and the ban can be lifted.