Sarnia, Plympton-Wyoming limit outdoor fires

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More Lambton communities are limiting outdoor fires.

Sarnia Fire has issued a burn ban and Plympton-Wyoming has stopped issuing burn permits in the community.

In Sarnia, Chief Bryan Van Gaver says the ban is to limit further impacts to air quality. Smoke from wildfires in Ontario and Quebec is leading to deteriorating air quality, with forecasters predicting worsening conditions this weekend. The Sarnia ban includes all backyard fires and rural burning.

“Out of an abundance of caution for the health of our residents a temporary
ban will help us limit further impacts to air quality as the province, and city,
contend with continued air pollution resulting from wildfires in northeastern
Ontario and Quebec,” said Van Gaver in a news release.

And in Plympton-Wyoming, the town has stopped issuing burn permits online however, the fire department in a social media post said recreational fires are still permitted. The department asked that they be fully extinguished before they are left unattended.

Dawn-Euphemia issued a burn ban earlier this week as did Lambton Shores in response to the dry conditions.

A about 12 millimetres of rain fell in May compared to the usual 60 mm according to Environment Canada statistics.