Total fire ban in Haliburton County
By Chad Ingram
Published July 12, 2018
On Monday, the county's fire chiefs issued a total fire ban for Haliburton County.
This means no outdoor burning of any kind, any time of day, and also applies to campfires, fireworks and charcoal barbecues.
“Dry conditions, high heat, and the lack of forecasted precipitation has led to an extreme fire risk,” read a press release from the Township of Minden Hills. “The fire ban applies to all outdoor burning, including campfire, agricultural burns and brush burn piles.”
According to the release, the fire ban is expected to remain in place in place until the community receives a significant amount of rainfall.
The county's fire departments are urging caution.
“Please be aware that any spark could cause a fire – be vigilant with discarding cigarette butts, matches and other items that can cause a spark and/or fire,” the release reads. “There are no exceptions for cooking or warmth unless preparing your meal on a propane barbecue. Fireworks, flying lanterns, contained fires or open flames are considered open air burning and are prohibited during a fire ban.”
Burning permits will not be issued during the ban, and permits that have been issued are not valid during the ban.
Violating the ban will result in fines.