County imposes open-air fire ban
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Jul 06, 2012  |  Vote 0    0

County imposes open-air fire ban

St. Marys Journal Argus

The dry hot weather has prompted fire officials to impose a county-wide ban on all open-air fires as of this morning.

The ban encompasses bonfires and campfires, and those set in burn barrels, outdoor fireplaces and chimineas.

All burning permits in Perth County are now suspended.

The ban will remain in effect until further notice.

Michael Gornyiczki, fire coordinator for Perth County, says the fire ban is  due to the extreme dryness of vegetation in the area.

Provincial forest and wild-land fire indicators are all at extreme levels, he adds.

The only exception to the ban is cooking fires within approved campgrounds. Cooking fires are permitted on camp sites from noon to midnight only.  After midnight, all fires must be extinguished.

With such dry conditions,  farmers are encouraged to exercise extreme caution with combining, as field fires can quickly overtake equipment and neighbouring crops, and spread quickly into adjacent woodlands.

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