To protect the public from the risk of fire
WAINFLEET, ON July 13, 2018—After the Township of Wainfleet officially announced a fire ban today, the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) has decided to close the Wainfleet Bog Conservation Area (WBCA) as a precaution while it continues to monitor the area for potential fire. The lack of rain, in combination with the current heat wave we are experiencing, has significantly increased the risk of a fire at the bog.
Due to the complicated nature of bog fires, fire fighters from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry are contacted to control the damage should a fire be discovered. Peat is the primary fuel source in a bog fire, and it smolders. These smoldering fires can go undetected for very long periods of time, which is why close monitoring is required.
NPCA staff has been patrolling the WBCA daily to ensure no smoke or hot spots have surfaced. Wainfleet Bog Conservation Area will remain closed to the public as dry conditions continue to pose an extreme fire risk. Updates will be posted on npca.ca/conservation-areas/wainfleet-wetlands and shared on Facebook and Twitter @npca_Ontario as soon as they are available.
The NPCA manages the impact of human activities, urban growth, and rural activities on the Niagara Peninsula watershed
, with programs and services that help keep people and their property safe from flooding and erosion, while retaining the safety of our drinking water.
NPCA manages 41 Conservation Areas, including Ball’s Falls, Binbrook, Long Beach and Chippawa Creek. These lands are held in public trust for recreation, heritage preservation, conservation, and education. NPCA’s Conservation Areas marry nature, culture and adventure to create limitless opportunities for discovery.
Questions related to the above release should be directed to:
Krystle Caputo, Communications Specialist