The Madawaska Valley Fire Department is reminding people that the fire ban is still on, as 5 people broke it in the last week.

Fire Chief Corwin Quade (Quad) has said that the fire ban will only be lifted after three consecutive days of rain. He says the Madawaska Valley is in a level 1 drought, and things are extremely dry as a result. Chief Quade says that with over 60 signs posted throughout the township, there is no excuse for not knowing that there is a fire ban still on.

A total fire ban means no campfires or fireworks will be allowed, as well as any kind of daytime burning. Campfires are defined as any fire that is 2 feet by 2 feet, and anything larger needs a permit. Permits will not be issued at this time. Fines for lighting fires without a permit can cost $615, along with cost recovery for the fire trucks at $477 dollars an hour per truck. The department says two trucks are sent to any call, and the fine is cost recovery. They also say each firefighter is $30 an hour for the minimum of 2 hours. The department says causing wildfires can result in fines exceeding four thousand dollars. Propane appliances, like fire bowls and fire pits, are still allowed.