Burn ban issued for the city of Ottawa this weekend

Ottawa Fire issued a burn ban for the city of Ottawa this weekend due to the strong winds in the forecast.

Environment Canada reported wind gusts of 21 km/h to 31 km/h through the day on Saturday, with wind gusts up to 40 km/h possible.

In a release, Ottawa Fire said a burn ban is in effect until further notice due to the wind conditions.

All open air fires are prohibited during a ban, including properties that have an Open Air Fire Permit. It covers agricultural burns, brush pile burns, campfires and wood burning outdoor fireplaces.

The burn ban comes with above seasonal temperatures in the forecast for the next few days. Environment Canada is calling for a high of 19 C on Sunday and 20 C on Monday.

Ottawa has only received 29 mm of rain in October.

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