Fire bans affect local conservation areas
Campfires, outdoor grills and other burning are on hold at two local conservation areas managed by Otonabee Conservation — with some exceptions.
Fire bans issued by the townships of Selwyn and Douro-Dummer affect Warsaw Caves and Selwyn Beach as hot, dry conditions continue in the area.
“Day visitors to the parks are not permitted to use charcoal or wood fueled barbecues. Barbecue stands in the park, including those in the picnic shelter, are out of service. Ground fires are not permitted,” states Jessie James, manager of conservation lands for Otonabee Conservation, in a press release.
Warsaw Caves campers can have campfires at their sites under the following conditions:
• Fires are not permitted between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
• Campfires must be in a pit and cannot be more than one metre in diameter.
• The fire cannot be close to or in the forest.
• Only clean dry firewood may be used; no painted, pressure-treated or glued wood or prohibited materials.
• No fireworks, including sparklers.
• No candles, patio torches, or burning insect repellents.
• No smoking on trails.
• Campfires must not be left unattended.
• Campfires must be completely extinguished.
Call Douro-Dummer Township at 705-652-8392 or Selwyn Township at 705-292-7282 for detaills.
Fire bans in two local townships have led to restrictions on campfires at Warsaw Caves.