Outdoor fires have been banned in much of the province to prevent human-caused fires, and aid emergency responders during the COVID-19 outbreak.
The province’s legislated fire region, which includes northern and a lot of central and eastern Ontario, was designated a Restricted Fire Zone on Thursday, April 3.
Outdoor fires, including burning grass, debris, and campfires — even when using an outdoor fire grate, fireplace or pit, are banned in such zones.
“During this very challenging time while we are fighting the spread of the virus, our number one priority is the health and safety of the people of Ontario,” Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry John Yakabuski stated in a release. “We are putting these important preventative measures in place now to ensure that our emergency responders are able to focus their efforts where they are needed most.”
This restriction will remain in place until Ontario’s ability to respond to emergencies is no longer impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, official stated.