Are fireworks part of a fire ban?
Published Friday, August 3, 2018 5:17PM EDT Last Updated Friday, August 3, 2018 7:36PM EDT
Due to the forest fires burning and the hot dry conditions, local fire bans and restricted fire zones remain in place in many communities across the north east.
That means all open air fires are prohibited, but what about fireworks?
The answer will depend on where you are.
In Sudbury, fireworks are prohibited during a fire ban.
Graham Campbell is the Deputy Chief of Greater Sudbury Fire Services.
"Unfortunately, included in that is fireworks. I know everyone's disappointed, so am I. We have a long weekend coming up, but it is for safety." said Campbell.
There is a difference between fire bans put in place by a city or town and the restricted fire zone that comes from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.
Under a Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry restricted fire zone, fireworks are permitted, but if a municipality has also imposed a fire ban, the local bylaw rules must be followed.
For example, on Manitoulin Island there is no MNRF restriction, but the town of Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands has a fire ban in place.
Still, fireworks are going ahead on Sunday during the popular Haweater Weekend in Little Current.
The fireworks display is put on by a professional licensed company on a small privately-owned island surrounded by Lake Huron and is hired by the Little Current Lions Club.
In addition to the fireworks being launched over open water, organizers have met with the fire chief to come up with a plan to present the display safely. The fire department will be saturating the area prior to the display and will be on hand during the family event.
Al MacNevin is the Mayor of Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands.
"The bylaw does not restrict the use of fireworks during a fire ban, only open fires. That being said, our fire department is advising residents that they should avoid setting off fireworks during the ban without expert supervision." said MacNevin.
So what happens if you ignore the ban?
Fees are different everywhere, but it could cost you up to tens of thousands of dollars.
"A Provincial Offences fine under our bylaw would run $365. That's for any violation of the fire ban. If you have a fire that causes a forest fire, you are potentially charged for all of the firefighting efforts that go into it. That includes municipal trucks, ground crews, helicopters, water bombers, the whole nine yards, and it gets very expensive." said Campbell.