Haliburton County fire ban still on despite rain
By Darren Lum
Published July 17, 2018
The Highlands needs more than yesterday's downpour to end the fire ban, said Dysart fire chief Mike Iles.
Iles said he would prefer up to three days of steady rain, close to six hours each day before considering to lift the ban.
Yesterday's heavy downpour doesn't have as lasting effect of continuous showers.
Iles said the fire department has responded to several campfires, which were resolved.
These occurred during the first few days of the ban, which was implemented on Monday, July 9.
The entire County of Haliburton has been under a fire ban since last week, including parts of Ontario.
Iles asks the public to continue to abide by the burning ban. This includes open fires, charcoal barbecues and fireworks.
Although he appreciates the public's vigilance related to alerting the department about the fires, he asks that if some one sees smoke, ensure it is a fire and then ask the person to extinguish it before calling the fire department.
In many cases, he said, the person just needs to be educated about the ban.