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Bancroft Fire Department Explains What to do if You Catch Someone Burning During Daytime Burn Ban

From 7 AM until 7 PM, you aren’t allowed to burn in Bancroft, but the question has been asked: what do you do if you catch someone burning in between those hours?

Deputy Fire Chief with the Bancroft Fire Department Matt Musclow says to never take putting the fire out into your own hands. He says to always call 911 to report the unauthorized burning.

If you do get caught burning during the day, Musclow says the fine is $475 per hour per vehicle that the fire department has to take out. He explains that for a typical grass fire, there’s usually a minimum of four trucks that are needed. “If we have to involve the MNRF, there can be some very heavy fines laid against you,” he adds.

“We’re experiencing some dry conditions, so even if you’re burning after 7 PM we expect that you’re taking every effort to be diligent with caring for your fire,” Musclow says. He adds that when you do start a fire, it should never be left unattended.

A daytime burn ban has been in effect locally since the beginning in April, and Musclow notes that there have been some complaints since it started, but nothing serious. “Everyone is concerned about the spread of forest fires,” he explains. “People know it can get out of control fast.”

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