Just in time for the first long weekend of the camping season, the Ministry of Environment has issued a ban on all open fires south of the Churchill River to the U.S. border effective immediately. The ban also applies to all provincial Crown land, burn notification areas, and provincial parks and recreation sites within the ban area. That includes Clearwater River and Lac La Ronge provincial parks but excludes Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park. The province says that municipalities, as well as regional and national parks may also ban open burning in their areas of responsibility. Neither open fires nor fireworks are permitted. Self-contained heating devices, pressurized stoves, gas barbecues, propane fire pits, or charcoal briquettes used in an approved firebox will be permitted for cooking and heating. The fire ban stays in place until rescinded by the Ministry.