Residents and visitors of the Kenora and Dryden areas can finally enjoy a bonfire to end the night this long weekend.

The cooler temperatures, combined with the rain have allowed the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry to lift the Restricted Fire Zone yesterday, September 1, 2021.

“It’s been a long summer I know for a lot of the campers or even people that want to hang out in their back yards with their family or friends to be able to have a small campfire to sit around and have a little bit of fun. It will be really nice for a lot of people I’m sure,” said Kenora Fire Chief Kent Readman

Throughout the length of the RFZ, many municipalities enforced their own fire ban including the City of Kenora, which ended their fire ban at 12:00 p.m. yesterday September 1, 2021.

Now that fires are allowed, and a long weekend approaching Kenora and Dryden’s Fire Chief’s, and the Kenora-Rainy River MPP Greg Rickford want to remind people to be safe while burning.

“I just want to remind our citizens we’re still in some dry, warm conditions and it’s really important that you burn responsible. I just want to make sure that you get the [burn] permit and you follow all the regulations, which are very easy to follow,” says Dryden Fire Chief Chris Wood

“We remind people that letting your guard down when it comes to preventing human-caused forest fires is still on a relatively high alert, so be careful out there folks,” noted Greg Rickford Minister of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources, and Forestry

“Having a proper way to put out a fire no matter if you’re having a bigger fire that you do get a [burn] permit for or you’re having a small campfire in the backyard with your friends and family, just having the proper quick and easy way to extinguish that fire before it does get out of control, keep everyone safe and make sure they all enjoy their weekend,” added Readman

The City of Dryden requires anyone wishing to have a fire or burning of any sort to get a burn permit. Residents can apply for a Burn Permit at dryden.burnpermits.com.

The City of Dryden Campfire Regulations are as followed:

  • Campfires shall not be set, lit, ignited or maintained, within 5 metres (16 feet) of any Building, Structure, or Property Line
  • Campfires shall not be set, lit, ignited or maintained, within 3 meters (10 feet) from any forested area or other combustibles that would constitute a fire hazard (e.g. long grass/vegetation, trees, bush, wood lot, etc.)

  • Campfires shall not exceed 1 metre (3 feet) in diameter and 1 metre (3 feet) in height.

  • Only Firewood is permitted to be set, lit, ignited or maintained in a Campfire.

  • Prohibited Materials are not to be set, lit, ignited or maintained in a Campfire within the boundaries of the Corporation at any time.

  • The Permittee or Responsible Person shall ensure appropriate and adequate extinguishing agents (e.g. water, water hose, sand, fire extinguishers, tools, equipment, etc.) are on-hand at all times during the preparation of the Campfire, while the Campfire is underway, and until the Campfire is fully and completely extinguished.

  • Prior to setting, lighting or igniting a Campfire, the Permittee or Responsible Person shall notify the Chief Fire Official or designate.

The City of Kenora does not require a burn permit for a campfire, which is defined as a fire that is 1 metre wide and ½ a metre high. Larger fires that are 2 metres in diameter and less than 2 metres high do require a permit and must be 10 metres away from any flammable materials.

Readman added that burn permits can be purchased at City Hall, or at Kenora Fire Station 1 for a fee of $15.

The Restricted Fire Zone has been in effect since June 30, 2021.