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Fire Hazard Rating In Kawartha Lakes Set To Extreme Due To Weather

KAWARTHA LAKES-Kawartha Lakes has set the current fire hazard rating to Extreme at the discretion of Fire Chief Pankhurst due to the current weather being experienced.

“As the snow continues to melt, conditions across the municipality vary and it’s important to take precaution now as a preventative measure.” according to Pankhurst.

Officials say in the spring, vegetation dries up quickly under longer sunny days, leading to an increase of fire hazards such as dormant grass, fallen leaves and dry brush. Crucial burning should be restricted and monitored closely and if you do burn, be sure to keep the area around the fire damp.

Under Section 4.0 of By-law 2016-110, no person shall have an open fire for the purpose of burning material other than clean dry wood or wood by-products within the City of Kawartha Lakes. Leaves and grass clippings materials are not to be burned. Leaf and yard waste can be brought to the landfill to be processed for free up to 250kg.

The annual municipal-wide burn ban will begin April 1, 2021. During the burn ban all permits except for agricultural and special permits will be included in the ban.

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