Restricted Fire Zone – Effective July 6th, 2018
Due to the extremely dry conditions, the Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry has implemented a Restricted Fire Zone for our area.
What You Should Know About Restricted Fire Zones
It’s Important. And It’s the Law!
A Restricted Fire Zone is designated by an Order made by the Minister of Natural Resources. It is strictly enforced throughout the restricted area. It’s a drastic measure, taken only when necessary, but it has proven effective when the forest fire danger reaches the crisis level.
A Restricted Fire Zone does not restrict movement or recreational activity in the forest, but it does restrict the use of fire. After a Restricted Fire Zone has been declared, it is illegal to set out a fire for any purpose within the affected area, and failure to comply could result in a fine up to $1,000, three months in jail, and financial responsibility for any costs incurred in fighting a forest fire caused by the illegal act.
The most important thing to remember about a Restricted Fire Zone is that open fires, including campfires, are illegal. The only exception is in organized campground and parks, where if strict criteria are met, the campground operator may allow campfires and charcoal BBQs but only during certain hours and under very strict controls. So, if you see a fire in a restricted fire zone (except in a campground or park) chances are it’s a forest fire and should be reported to the Ministry of Natural Resources right away. The sooner we can get to it, the better our chances of putting it out quickly.
So look for and obey the Restricted Fire Zone signs, and report any forest fires to the Ministry. These are two positive things you can do to help us keep our forests green for everyone to enjoy.
For more information visit: https://www.ontario.ca/page/outdoor-fire-restrictions
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Our community is nestled in the LaCloche Foothills region of Lake Huron’s North Shore, encompassing a large rural area including the communities of Walford, Massey and Webbwood.
Incorporated in July of 1998, the Township of Sables-Spanish Rivers offers all of the convenience of urban living amidst tranquil rural surroundings. While larger urban centres such as Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie are only a short drive away, our many local retail and service establishments easily meet the needs of our residents, visitors and businesses alike.
A well-staffed medical clinic, volunteer fire department, two libraries, learning centre, arena facility, two community halls, outdoor rinks, restaurants and farming history are but a few reasons why visitors to our community often become long-term residents.