Media Release 21-14: FIRE BAN effective immediately, until further notice

For Immediate Release
Minden, ON.
Tuesday June 1, 2021
6:30 PM
Release #21-14

SUBJECT: FIRE BAN – effective immediately, until further notice

Minden Hills, June 1, 2021 – Effective immediately the Township of Minden Hills and the 3 other Townships within Haliburton County have declared a total fire ban.

The Minden Hills Fire Department is advising all residents and contractors that, effective immediately, there is a total fire ban, until further notice. All daytime burning permits and firework permits are suspended; until further notice. All fires must be immediately extinguished and cold to the touch. The discharge or use of fireworks is prohibited.

The fire danger rating is Fire Status – Extreme, open air fires and fireworks are prohibited.

Extreme Fire Status:

  • There is a total ban on Outdoor Burning during Extreme Fire Conditions.
  • Fires start quickly, spread furiously, and burn intensely. All fires are potentially serious, report any fire or smoke to 9-1-1.
  • Do not discard ashes or charcoal briquettes outdoors, soak it, stir it and soak it again, ensure that they are cold to the touch before discarding them.
  • Small fires can develop into high intensity burning situations quickly.
  • Many firework-related injuries and fires are caused by fireworks that are consumer fireworks bought in local stores.
  • 59 percent of brush, grass, or forest fires in Canada are caused by fireworks.

“Whether in the backyard of your home, the cottage or at a campground, make fire safety a priority,” says Nelson Johnson, Fire Chief. “Open air burning, especially if left unattended, can become difficult to control and can result in a serious widespread fire. Fireworks are not to be discharged during a fire ban or without a permit. We have an automated fire status phone line set up. To check on the fire status, call 249-802-3535.”

For more information and accurate updates, please visit www.mindenhills.ca. The MFD will continue to monitor the fire hazard and post updates, as required.

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Contact Information:
Nelson Johnson, Fire Chief
Township of Minden Hills
PO Box 359, 7 Milne Street
Minden, ON K0M 2K0
njohnson@mindenhills.ca