After a number of brush fires in the district, Kenora fire chief Warren Brinkman is urging residents to be extra careful.

The warm, dry weather's great for yard work, but residents need to think twice, before starting to burn their brush this spring. Kenora Fire Chief Warren Brinkman explains the situation.

"Surface fuels are fairly tinder and volatile right now. It's that time of year when the ground isn't completely thawed, and any moisture or precipitation we are having is running off. So, it's particularly volatile right now," he continued.

Over the last two days, there have been brush fires near Kenora, Dryden and Wabigoon, including an extensive forest fire near Caribou Falls.

In the City of Kenora, residents aren't allowed to burn during the day. They can only burn two hours before sunrise, or two hours after sunset.

"Also ensure that if you are burning, ensure that you have the appropriate means to put that fire out. Otherwise, you're likely to have a firetruck show up," Brinkman added.

For more information:

MNR crews battle brush fire north of Kenora

Brush fire in Kenora

MNRF - Forest fire danger map

City of Kenora - Burn permits and regulations

City of Dryden - Burn permits and regulations

Sioux Lookout - Burn permits