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Grass And Brush Fire Risk Increases

As very dry weather conditions continue, more local municipalities are taking steps to prevent brush and grass fires.

An open-air fire ban now covers the Townships of Perth East and Perth South, and the Municipality of West Perth. North Perth already had a Fire Ban in place.

The ban includes bonfires, campfires, burn barrels, outdoor fireplaces/chimineas or any other fires set in the open air. The only exceptions are cooking fires within approved campgrounds.

Dozens of other local municipalities and counties  

Effective Immediately, the Township of Mapleton Fire Chief has declared an open-air fire ban in Mapleton due to lack of significant rainfall and forecasted hot dry conditions.

There will be no open-air burning permitted in the Township of Mapleton until further notice.

Minto Fire has also issued a total burn ban due to current ground conditions.

Minto joins all of Perth County, and all of Huron County, along with many Grey and Bruce County municipalities that have imposed burn and fire bans, and suspended burn permits.

With the upcoming grain harvest, farmers are encouraged to exercise extreme caution with combining, as field fires can quickly overtake equipment and neighbouring crops. These fires can spread quickly into adjacent woodlands.

Equipment operators are cautioned to be careful care when refuelling, and avoid idling hot engines over or near dry vegetation.