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Ban on daytime burning starts April 1st

April is almost here and that means a ban on daytime burning will be in effect. 

Fire departments in our region have an open air burning ban from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day, from April 1 to October 31st. 

Bancroft Fire Deputy Chief Matt Musclow explains why it’s important to start the ban early in the spring. 

“This year, we still have a foot of snow in the bush, but next year we could have really dry conditions,” he says. “ When the snow finally melts, everything is dead still. When it’s dead and hasn’t had a chance to green up, there’s an elevated risk of fire.”

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He adds that there’s less risk once there’s more green in the vegetation, as there’s more moisture then.

Those who need to burn within the next seven months can apply for a permit to do so; but there are dry times in the season when an all-out ban is in place. 

Musclow encourages people to watch for social media posts – and physical signs placed on North Hastings highways – which show the current situation. 

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