Residents violating fire ban will be fined: Fire Dept.

By Derek Cornet
May 16, 2018 - 12:00pm

Fines will be issued to anyone in the tri-communities who defies the fire ban put in place Tuesday.

“With the ban being implemented, there are absolutely no open fires,” La Ronge Regional Fire Department Chief Wayne Tchorzewski said. “The ban will stay in place until further notice.”

The decision to order the ban was supported by the Town of La Ronge, Village of Air Ronge, Lac La Ronge Indian Band, and Saskatchewan Environment Ministry. Tchorzewski said propane barbecues and briquettes are allowed, but there can be no fires built with wood-burning materials. Even though some areas of the forest near La Ronge were burned by wildfires in 2015, he said the fire risk is still high.

“There’s still a lot of fire load left in the surrounding community that still poses a high risk to us,” Tchorzewski said.

According to Wildfire Management, there have been 150 fires across the province this year, significantly higher than the five-year average of 90. There are also currently eight fires burning with two uncontained, three contained and three being monitored regularly.

 

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