The fire ban has been lifted within the municipal boundaries of the City of Greater Sudbury.
The Greater Sudbury Fire Service is closely monitoring the situation and will inform citizens should reactivation of the fire ban become necessary.
Residents are reminded to respect the City of Greater Sudbury's open air burning bylaw, which restricts the location of campfires, including fires contained in a burn barrel or chiminea, to at least six metres from any building or structure and at least five metres from any forest or woodland.
Residents are also prohibited from burning thatch on residential lawns.
For more information about the bylaw, call 311 for municipal services or visit www.greatersudbury.ca.
The Ministry of Natural Resources has also lifted its restricted fire zone in northeastern Ontario including Sudbury, Sudbury, Manitoulin Island, North Bay and Temagami effective as of 6 p.m.
The fire ban was declared on July 13 due to extreme fire hazard conditions at the time. Campfires will be allowed for cooking and warmth in all areas of northeastern Ontario with the lifting of the order.
The restricted fire zone for Algonquin Park remains in effect.
Forest fire prevention is everyone’s responsibility, the MNR stated. Campers should keep campfires small and always ensure they are put out before leaving the site.
As of Aug. 3, there have been 1,234 wildfires in Ontario during the 2012 fire season. A total of 135,348 hectares have burned as of August 3.
310-FIRE (3473) is northern Ontario’s toll-free forest fire reporting number.
Posted by Arron Pickard