The MNRF are stating an open air burning ban in Northeastern Ontario will not include any municipalities above Timmins.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry says at this time roughly 68 forest fires are burning across Northeastern Ontario due to the recent heat wave with nearly 30 not under control.

Due to this extreme hazard the MNRF declared a Restricted Fire Zone for most of Northeastern Ontario.

MNRF spokesperson Isabelle Chenard reached Moose News by email late Monday to confirm that towns such as Kapuskasing and Hearst are not to be included in the ban at this time, along with any municipalities above Timmins.

Chenard says at this time, the Timmins to Hearst stretch of Northeastern Ontario is sitting at a Moderate Forest Fire Danger rating, and would have to move to a high fire danger rating to receive the ban.

For more details on the current ongoing fires and to track them, as well as the forest fire warning system, go here.

Map of Fire Ban Areas as supplied by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry