Deputy Fire Chief Greg Saunders said in a news release this afternoon that open burning is banned in the city until further notice.
"At this time we are experiencing extremely dry conditions in the area," said Saunders.
"Effective Immediately a complete fire ban is in effect for the Municipality of North Bay...no fireworks, no recreational open burning, no fires for cooking or warmth are permitted along with no incinerators. Anyone found in contravention with this burning ban will likely be charged."
North Bay fire number 2, approximately 4 km east of the city just west of Dreany Lake is currently under control at 2.5 hectares according to Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services.
Parry Sound 3 covers 0.5 of a hectare and is located just south of Gibson River Provincial Park, approximately 30 km west of Gravenhurst. It is under control.
The forest fire hazard is generally moderate to high across the region.
If you are cleaning up your yard, Isabelle Chenard, Ontario Fire Information Officer suggests you consider chipping or composting brush or grass before burning.
"If you must burn, make sure you know the rules and follow Ontario’s outdoor burning regulations to ensure you burn grass and woody debris safely. If you’re planning to perform any outdoor burning, make sure you have tools and water on-hand to put your fire out; and never leave it unattended.
"Fires are to be started no sooner than two hours before sunset and extinguished no later than two hours after sunrise."
To familiarize yourself further with Ontario’s outdoor burning regulations, visit this website.
Residents of municipalities should also check any local bylaws that may be in effect prior to burning.