Fire Ban Lifted, Outdoor Burning Permits Re-Instated

Posted On Friday May 15, 2020

Thunder Bay Fire Rescue has lifted the City wide fire ban previously in place, and all valid outdoor burning permits have been reinstated.

The fire ban being lifted is consistent with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests lifting the Restricted Fire Zone declaration.

Fire Stations are closed to the public due to the Covid-19 emergency, so permits can only be renewed and applied for online. New permit applications require an inspection by Thunder Bay Fire Rescue personnel, and those inspections will be completed as soon as possible.

Thunder Bay Fire Rescue reminds citizens that any outdoor burning within the City of Thunder Bay requires a permit. Permit rules and regulations are strictly enforced and failure to obtain a permit or follow the permit rules will result in prosecution and fine.

“We understand that citizens have been patiently waiting for the fire ban to be lifted and we thank you for your patience,” said Acting Fire Chief, Greg Hankkio.

For more information, and to apply for an outdoor burning permit, visit:


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Contact: Anthony Stokaluk, Captain Fire Prevention, Education and Investigation – Thunder Bay Fire Rescue, cell 631 7033 or

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