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Total Fire Ban in Haliburton County

Haliburton County Fire Chiefs have issued a Total Fire Ban which will encompass the entire area of Haliburton County (Municipality of Dysart et al, Township of Minden Hills, Township of Algonquin Highlands, and the Municipality of Highlands East).  

Officials say dry conditions, high heat, and the lack of forecasted precipitation have led to an extreme fire risk. All fire and firework permits are suspended until further notice. All fireworks, open-air fires, and campfires are prohibited during the fire ban (no use of charcoal barbecues/bricks). Only CSA-approved propane or gas appliances with a shut-off and a lid are approved for use and shall be turned off when done.  

Algonquin Highlands Fire Chief Mike French says there has already been some damage done this spring. “Two weeks ago, we did have some very extensive fires. Large ones for around here. Over 10 acres were destroyed up in Dorset. The bush is so prime right now to have a major fire it’s unbelievable.” 

The Province of Ontario has also announced fire restrictions that cover the northeast and northwest regions and part of the southern region including Haliburton. It also includes provincial parks, something new this year says French. If someone does choose to have a fire and authorities are contacted, he says there is a cost involved. “It would be a minimum of $540 and could escalate into all costs associated with extinguishing a fire if it got away.” 

If you have questions or concerns, contact the Fire Chief within your municipality.  

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