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Province restricts outdoor fires in region

By Jenn Watt

All outdoor fires in the province's "fire region" have been restricted by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry as of April 3.

According to a press release from the MNRF those who live in the "restricted fire zone" which includes Haliburton County cannot have fires outside: "this includes burning of grass debris and campfires even when using an outdoor fire grate fireplace or fire pit."

"During this very challenging time when we are fighting the spread of the [COVID-19] virus our number one priority is the health and safety of the people of Ontario" said John Yakabuski Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry. "We are putting these important preventative measures in place now to ensure that our emergency responders are able to focus their efforts where they are needed most."

More information about restricted fire zones can be found on the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry website here .