NewsWeather Fire Ban Remains Despite Lowered Danger Rating SHARE ON: Nick Birnie, contributor, Wednesday, Aug. 1st, 2018 Photo credit: Supplied Despite recent rainfall and a lower danger rating, the region still remains under a fire ban. The fire ban or Restricted Fire Zone continues to remain for Kapuskasing, Smooth Rock Falls and Hearst says the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry despite the recent change in weather in Northern Ontario. The MNRF recently lowered their online forest fire danger rating for the Kapuskasing, Smooth Rock Falls and Hearst region to Low, but the ban still remains in place. The Kapuskasing Fire Department released a statement Friday reminding residents of the fire restrictions despite the favourable weather. Kapuskasing Fire Chief Pat Kennedy says there are only two reasons for a RFZ, one being dry conditions equaling a high risk for fires, and two being a lack of resources available to fight the fires. Kennedy says the local community falls under risk number two, considering there are still plenty of active forest fires in the region. As of midnight Tuesday there were 41 active forest fires in the Northeast region, 13 of which are not under control. Crews from all across the country as well as the United States and Mexico are still fighting the ongoing fires throughout the province. Here is a current look at the MNRF Fire Map.