Carlow Mayo lifts total fire ban

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According to a media release sent out by Jenny Snider, the deputy clerk and treasurer of Carlow Mayo Township on June 15, the total fire ban the municipality had enacted on June 3 due to the dry conditions has been lifted due to the precipitation and wetter conditions that the area has experienced recently and are forecasted to continue experiencing in the next couple of weeks.

Carlow Mayo had put the total fire ban into place on June 3, due to what fire safety officer and CEMC Dwayne Meharrie called “the extreme heat, humidity and lack of precipitation forecasted for the next few weeks.” Adding to this is the fact that the township doesn’t have its own fire department, but has a Municipal Fire Management Agreement with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. Consequently, any fire calls would need to be directed to 911 and the appropriate fire services would be dispatched.

However, on June 15, the township reversed this total ban because of the rainfall over the past few days, and the few days of forecasted precipitation over the next week. As a result, night burning is now permitted between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. from now until Oct. 31.

Carlow Mayo reminds residents in the media release of a few things they should be aware of in the township’s open-air bylaw. These are; all persons setting an open air fire within the township are responsible for any damage to property or injury to persons as a result of said fire, no open air fire shall be maintained when the wind is blowing in such a direction that it the smoke would impair visibility on any highway or roadway, an accelerated spread of the fire through grass or a brush area or cause any deleterious effects on neighbouring lands and/or persons and night burning is now permitted between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. between April 1 and Oct. 31.

For any questions, concerns or further information, residents are asked to get in touch with Meharrie at 613-332-1760 or by email at

Meharrie confirms that due to the significant rainfall on June 14 and the forecasted rain coming in the next couple of weeks, the total fire ban has been lifted, and that a daytime fire ban remains in effect until Oct.31.

“I would also like to thank the residents of the township for being compliant during this total fire ban, as I have not had to respond to any burn complaints.”

Michael Riley, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Bancroft Times

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