Burn bans lifted in City of Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton County, Northumberland County, Trent Lakes, Havelock-Belmont Methuen

Burn bans have been lifted in several municipalities in Central Ontario. File / Global News

The cooler and wetter weather of late has prompted officials to lift fire bans in the City of Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton County, Northumberland County, Trent Lakes, Brighton and Havelock-Belmont Methuen Township.

The municipalities lifted the bans on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning.

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The bans went into effect the first week of July.

“Although the burn ban has been lifted, we encourage our residents and visitors to continue to be cautious with burning activities,” said Kawartha Lakes Fire Rescue chief Mark Pankhurst. “Fires can be no larger than 60 centimeters by 60 centimeters and must be supervised at all times. We are encouraging burning activities to be limited to evening campfires at this time.”

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Haliburton County includes the Municipality of Dysart et al, Township of Minden Hills, Township of Algonquin Highlands and Township of Highlands East.

The fire index remains high in the City of Kawartha Lakes and Trent Lakes.

In Havelock, daytime open-air burning is not permitted (including large campfires and brush piles). Recreational/campfires are permitted if there is a means of extinguishing them and the fire doesn’t exceed 30 inches in diameter.


A burn ban remains in effect in Selwyn Township but small campfires are permitted as long as a water source is close by. Natural gas/propane portable fire pits or table fire pits are permitted.

In Port Hope, the burn ban has been lifted for the rural area within the respective limitations of their burn permit.

Burning is not permitted at any time within the boundaries of the Urban Area (formerly Ward 1), including the use of chimineas, screened fire bowls and other small screened fire containers.

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