Fire departments across the region are beginning to implement or consider tougher burn bans
In Carlow/Mayo Township east of Bancroft,a total burn ban has been put in place, effective immediately. Dwayne Meharrie, Fire Safety Officer for the Township, says the ban is due to the forecast calling for three weeks of hot weather, high humidity, and little precipitation. No fires of any kind, even two-foot-squared campfires will be allowed during this time. Meharrie says gas barbeques are allowed, but only if they have a gas valve in case of emergencies. Due to its size, Carlow/Mayo Township does not issue fire permits.
Here in Bancroft, Deputy Fire Chief Matt Musclow says other fire departments across North Hastings are monitoring conditions. While no total ban is in the works yet, Musclow is urging people to keep their campfires small. Residents should be tending to their campfires at all times, and pay extra attention when extinguishing these fires so embers do not cause bush fires. No permits are being issued, and brush and yard waste fires are banned until further notice.