News MNRF urges fire safety on long weekend SHARE ON: Bob McIntyre, staff Friday, May. 17th, 2019 Written by Nick Birnie You’re being asked to be extra safe this weekend with any fires. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is asking residents along the Highway 11 corridor to be fire smart. If you plan to clean by burning yard waste, don’t burn sooner than two hours before sunset or later than two hours after sunrise. Fires cannot be started sooner than two hours before sunset and must be extinguished no later than two hours after sunrise. An adult must always tend the fire until extinguished. Tools such as a shovel or water must be available to put the fire out. The fire must be at least two metres from things that can easily be set on fire For campfires, build them away from the forest as well as on exposed rock if possible and try to keep the fire small. Build fires on bare soil or exposed rock in a location sheltered from the wind. Construct fires away from the forest or things that can easily be set on fire. Keep the fire small. Have an adult tend the fire until extinguished. Have a shovel, or water available to put the fire out. Anyone looking to celebrate the weekend with fireworks is being asked to do so over gravel or water and always have firefighting equipment nearby like an extinguisher. Choose an area away from things that can easily set on fire – gravel or over water are both good options After setting the fireworks, check the area for hot residue and ensure it’s put out Have firefighting equipment nearby and ready. Further info on fire safety tips from the MNRF can be found here.