Fire Bans Mean Restrictions at Warsaw Caves, Selwyn Beach Conservation Area

Otonabee Conservation has been notified that the Township of Douro-Dummer has declared a fire ban and that a total burn ban has been declared by the Township of Selwyn. These bans have been put in place due to very dry conditions which pose an extreme fire hazard. The bans are effective immediately and will remain in effect until further notice.

Otonabee Conservation advises day visitors and campers to the Warsaw Caves Conservation Area and Campground and the Selwyn Beach Conservation Area that restrictions are in effect during the period of the fire bans.

“Day visitors to the parks are not permitted to use charcoal or wood fueled barbecues. Barbecue stands in the park, including those in the picnic shelter, are out of service. Ground fires are not permitted,” explained Jessie James, Manager of Conservation Lands for Otonabee Conservation.

Campers at the Warsaw Caves Conservation Area and Campground are allowed to have campfires at their campsite and must adhere to the following conditions:

  • Fires are not permitted between 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
  • Campfires must be in a pit and cannot be more than one meter in diameter
  • The fire cannot be close to or in the forest
  • Only clean dry firewood may be used; no painted/ pressure treated/glued wood or prohibited materials
  • No fireworks, including sparklers
  • No candles, patio torches, burning insect repellents
  • No smoking on trails
  • Do not leave a fire unattended
  • Be sure to extinguish your fire
  • Contact park staff if you need assistance or more information

All visitors must comply with these bans. Failure to do so may result in eviction.

Anyone wanting further information about the fire bans is encouraged to call the municipal office:

Township of Douro-Dummer: 705-652-8392

Township of Selwyn: 705-292-7282

Updated information will be posted as it becomes available.

Thank you for your co-operation.