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No burning ban in Cochrane — yet

The Environment Canada heat warning is expected to last until Thursday, if not Friday.

It’s triggered by daytime high temperatures into the 30s  and overnight lows in the high teens.

Cochrane fire chief and protective services director Richard Vallée says there’s no outdoor burning ban in effect for his town yet.  At the same time, he notes that the MNR has all of Northern Ontario in an extreme forest fire hazard rating.

“We usually normally follow what MNR does for a fire ban,” he informs. “and there’s no fire ban at the moment.”

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Vallée adds that Cochrane would follow suit, should the ministry impose a burning ban.

In that event, any burning permit holder would get an email informing them of it.

“The one thing I want to issue, though, is that if you don’t have a fire permit and you do cause a fire, you might be responsible for fines associated with it.”

You might also have to pay the cost to fight the fire.

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