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Fire ban issued for Greater Sudbury, Killarney

With hot and dry weather and an increasing number of forest fires in the region, the City of Greater Sudbury and Municipality of Killarney are joining a number of Ontario communities that are banning open-air fires.

Killarney's went into effect Monday while Sudbury's began at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday.

"All open-air fires, including campfires, chiminea fireplaces, crop residue fires, fireworks, and any other type of outdoor burning, are prohibited," the city said.

"All open-air fire permits are cancelled for the duration of the ban. Gas-fired and charcoal barbecues and outdoor propane fireplaces are still permitted."

Officials will continue to monitor the conditions.

Residents are asked to report fire ban violations by calling 911.

If you are caught violating the ban and it results in a response by firefighters, you could be fined and charged the full cost of the service call.

Two towns west of Sudbury, Elliot Lake and Blind River, declared fire bans on Monday that went into effect at midnight.

A fire ban has also been implemented in Muskoka.

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