In support of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) implementing a Restricted Fire Zone Declaration across the entire province, where these zones are applicable, the Townships of Douro-Dummer, Havelock-Belmont-Methuen, North Kawartha and Trent Lakes have also implemented an open-air burning ban effective April 3rd at 1900 hours (7:00 p.m.) A total open-air burning ban will be in effect.
The MNRF has declared these restrictions due to impacts related to COVID-19. These measures will reduce the number of preventable human-caused wildfires therefore minimizing necessary contact among their staff and between staff and the public, while ensuring that emergency response capacity is maintained.
The Forest Fire Prevention Act (FFPA) allows municipalities to pass by-laws pertaining to open-air burning. All of the municipalities mentioned above have such by-laws and the most restrictive rules from FFPA or local municipalities would apply.
All open-air burning permits are suspended during this time and no campfires are allowed, with the exception of organized campgrounds that meet certain requirements. When organized campgrounds are re-opened and looking for exemptions, please contact your local municipality.
We thank you for your cooperation and support, we will all get through this together if we all do our part!
Douro-Dummer Fire Chief
(705) 652-8392 x 207
E-mail C. Pedersen
Havelock-Belmont-Methuen Fire Chief
E-mail R. Haines
North Kawartha Fire Chief
(705) 656-4445 x 221
E-mail J. Lamb
Trent Lakes Fire Chief
(705) 738-3800 x 242
E-mail S. Brockbank