Smiths Falls, Townships of Addington Highlands and North Frontenac latest to lift burn bans

July 27, 2018 by

Fire Ban LiftedThe Smiths Falls Fire Department is lifting the burn ban for the Town of Smiths Falls. Residents are asked to be very cautious when burning, as the grass is still quite dry. You are asked to make sure to follow got burning practices as listed below:

• Remove all vegetation and other material that could spread the fire.
• Never leave a fire unattended.
• Keep your fire on a non-combustible surface and away from structures.
• Have an adequate supply of water available to extinguish or control the fire.
• Pay attention to wind conditions, smoke and potential spark hazards.
• To be cautious when disposing of smoking materials.

As weather conditions and fire risk change, Smiths Falls Fire Department will continue to update the status of this open air burn ban.

Meantime, the total fire ban that was put in place on July 10th in the Townships of Addington Highlands and North Frontenac has now been lifted as well.

The long range forecast from the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNRF) indicates a Fire Weather Index (Hazard Rating) of Low, based on the rain received. The long range forecast shows rain for early next week and should maintain a Moderate Index. That was teh key factor for the municipalities fire chief's, Chief Korhonen and Chief Cuddy, in making the decision to lift the ban.