Fire ban lifted across Newfoundland, still in place in parts of Labrador

Outdoor enthusiasts in northeastern Ontario will now be able to have campfires. The region's largest municipalities have lifted their fire bans.
A fire ban in effect for more than a week has been partially lifted in Newfoundland and Labrador. (Martha Dillman/CBC)

The fire ban that's been in place across Newfoundland for more than a week has been lifted, but as wildfires are still burn in parts of Labrador, the prohibition on lighting fires remains in effect for some areas.

More than a week ago, Premier Andrew Furey announced a fire ban for the island and parts of Labrador in an effort to concentrate firefighting efforts on existing wildfires.

In Labrador, setting fires in the forest or within 300 metres of forest is still prohibited.

"Significant firefighting resources have recently been dedicated to wildfire suppression impacting the community of Churchill Falls," the Department of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture said in a statement Friday morning.

"The outdoor fire ban will continue to help reduce the wildfire risk in Labrador and support the efforts of wildfire suppression teams actioning active fires."

The news follows on the heels of Thursday afternoon's announcement of firework bans from the the St. John's regional fire department — which covers St. John's, Mount Pearl and Paradise — along with the City of Corner Brook and Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, squashing plans for Canada Day celebrations.

According to Newfoundland and Labrador's wildfire dashboard, there are nine fires burning in Labrador on Friday morning — down from Thursday morning's count of 10.

The ban doesn't apply to gas, kerosene, alcohol, propane or charcoal burning, as long as it's not used within 3.5 metres of woods, brush or other flammable material.

The government also advised charcoal fires need extra care to ensure they are totally extinguished and not handled in a way that could start a fire.

"Residents are urged to do everything they can to prevent forest fires."

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