Four days after it reinstated them, Thunder Bay Fire Rescue has suspended all fire permits and issued a ban on open burning in the city.

On May 9, the fire department issued a fire ban “consistent with a recent Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry restricted fire zone declaration,” Fire Chief John Hay said in a statement.

One week later, with the provincial restriction still in place, the city reinstated all fire permits. Meanwhile, rural municipalities surrounding Thunder Bay, including Shuniah, Oliver Paipoonge and Neebing, kept their fire bans in place.

Friday, at the request of MNRF and with a long weekend imminent, the city fire department again suspended all fire permits and placed a ban on all open burning.

A restricted fire zone includes outdoor fire pits, campfires, outdoor fireplaces and fireworks. However, the City of Thunder Bay confirmed that fireworks are not included in the municipal fire ban.

“As a result of the potential for extreme fire behavior through the long weekend, the Ministry of Natural Resources has requested that Thunder Bay Fire Rescue suspend all burning permits and re-instate the burning ban,” the city said in a statement.

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