August 10: MNRF Fire Restriction Terminated BUT Huron Shores Fire Ban Remains in Effect Huron Shores Fire Chief Jim Kent has been informed by the sector officer for the MNRF Fire – Chapleau that the Ministry’s Restriction has been terminated for our area effective at Noon today, August 10th. However, the Municipality’s Fire Ban remains in effect. The Municipality of Huron Shores’ Fire Ban permits small, contained fires for cooking and/or warmth but, under Section 1.3 of the Open Air Burning By-law (By-law #14-08), fireworks are NOT permitted. The current conditions are still very dry and the Fire Department urges everyone to use extreme caution should you decide to have a campfire. When burning always ensure that you have ready access to an adequate water supply, tools, etc. to control and thoroughly extinguish the fire. Never leave a campfire unattended.Open Air Burning Permits are not required for “campfires”, also defined under By-law #14-08, as being a small, contained fire, no greater than 1 metre in diameter with the flames to be no higher than 1 metre (this does not include large bonfires or brush fires). Under Huron Shores’ current Open Air Burning By-law, campfires ARE permitted when a Fire Ban is imposed. By-laws governing open air burning vary from municipality to municipality. If you are unsure of the by-law in your community, contact your municipal office prior to burning.For more information with respect to Fire Bans and infractions of the by-law, please contact the Municipal Office at 705-843-2033, or visit the Fire Department page of huronshores.ca. Previous message from August 2, 2018 follows:A Message from Huron Shores Fire Chief Jim Kent follows:“The Fire restriction remains in effect. NO OPEN FIRES.Despite the rain that fell overnight and the projected additional rain forecast for today, the Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry (MNRF)-imposed Fire Restriction remains in effect throughout most of the Province of Ontario. This means that any open air fire is a violation and as such is subject to a $615.00 fine. If you see somebody burning please call 310-FIRE (3473) and a Conservation Officer will be sent to investigate and lay charges if a violation is found.The MNRF will notify everyone, including the Municipality of Huron Shores, when the Fire Restriction has been lifted. The Municipality will also pass the information along to the residents and ratepayers of Huron Shores via huronshores.ca. The Municipality also has a fire ban in effect but that is superseded by the MNRF’s Fire Restriction.”To learn more about Fire Restrictions, please visit the MNRF Forest Fires webpage.