There's a city-wide burn ban in effect to prevent the rapid spread of grass and brush fires.
The ban remains in place unti lconditions improve and new grass begins to show through dead tall grass.
Ottawa Fire says this winter left more debris, like fallen tree branches and leaves, than in years past and that increases the chance of fire spreading.
All open air fires are prohibited right now even for those properties with a burn permit.
Ottawa Fire says there will be a zero tolerance enforcement during the open air burning ban.