Haliburton County’s four fire chiefs have lifted the fire ban that was imposed region-wide May 17.

Mike French, head of the Algonquin Highlands Fire Service, said in a media release May 23 the weekend rain had alleviated the County’s fire risk.

The ban came into effect 48 hours after local departments responded to five blazes in a single day on May 15. Four of the fires were put out that day, while the most significant – a nine-hectare blaze on Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry land near Black Lake – raged for several days. As of May 22, MNRF reported the fire had been extinguished.

With the lifting of the fire ban, this means daytime burn permits are re-activated and outdoor burning is permitted between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m.

More information on burning regulations can be found on municipal websites in Algonquin Highlands, Dysart et al, Highlands East and Minden Hills.