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Open burns now allowed in Northeast Fire Centre

Open burns now allowed in Northeast Fire Centre

The Northwest Fire Centre has officially rescinded the open burn prohibition.

Effective noon today (Tuesday) people are now allowed the use of burn barrels or burn cages, sky lanterns, binary exploding targets, air curtain burners and fireworks, including firecrackers.

Those fire-related equipment has been on prohibition since the beginning of September when the province declared a state of emergency due to wildfire danger.

The fire danger rating has dropped significantly in the Northwest due to precipitation and cooler weather, but the bans were not lifted earlier to lower the number of human caused fires while resources were thin.

The public is encouraged to exercise caution with any fire, and anyone looking to burn a pile larger than two metres high by three metres wide, or conduct a grass burn larger than 0.2 hectars must obtain a burn registration number ahead of time.

If a fire escapes, the person responsible can be fines up to $100,000 and may be ordered to pay the costs of putting the fire out.

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