North Hastings and Madawaska Valley are under a total fire ban as of this morning.

North Hastings Fire Chief Pat Hoover says open-air burning, including campfires, fireworks, and flying lanterns, is prohibited in the North Hastings area.

Hoover says any violations could lead to  fines and charges or the expense of the fire department being sent out.

The ban will stay in effect until significant rainfall is reviewed by the North Hastings Fire Service.