North Bay Fire and Emergency Services (NBES) says with the lifting of the provincial restricted fire zone, residents in the area will be free to have a campfire, as long as they have obtained a legal permit.
Officials add you must adhere to all of the terms outlined in the permit.
The new rules will take effect at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, May 16th.
Deputy Chief Greg Saunders says for the time being, they will honour the 2019 permits.
“Any permits from 2019 that have expired are considered valid until the customer service center at City Hall reopens,” he explained. “When the customer service center reopens homeowners will be expected to obtain a permit for 2020. Until customer service center opens at City Hall new permits for open-air burning will not be issued.”
“If you are going to enjoy a fire please remember to follow current social distancing requirements,” Saunders added.
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry in North Bay was contacted to ask the fire danger level coming out of the restricted fire zone ban but had not returned the calls by publication date.