Open Air Fire Ban

An Open Air Fire Ban was extended today to all of Huron County.

The Fire Chiefs of Huron County have jointly declared a fire ban because of the lack of significant rainfall and the forecast of more hot dry conditions ahead.

All open air fires are prohibited in Huron County, including those properties that have an Open Air Fire Permit.   This ban applies to agricultural burns, brush pile burns, recreational fires, burn barrels, outdoor fireplaces and chimineas,  or any other fires set in the open.

The only exceptions to this ban are cooking fires in approved campgrounds. Cooking fires are permitted on campsites from noon to midnight only.   After midnight, all fires must be completely extinguished.

Latest news on Shoreline Management Plan Update

The Steering Committee of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority, Shoreline Management Plan Update will meet next on July 26th. The meeting will be from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Masonic Hall in Exeter, 248 McConnell St. (street behind McDonalds and O.P.P.)  It is expected that the draft of the plan will be presented. These meetings are open to the public, however this format does not allow comments from the gallery. There will be public meetings for this purpose.

The ABCA has posted a new document on their website.

Erosion of Cohesive Bluff Shorelines


ABCA Tour of Areas of Erosion

Board Members of the Ausable Bayfield Conversation Area will tour the shoreline in August, to view areas experiencing erosion. Many Board Members are not familiar with the shoreline and do not have the awareness of the erosion issues that exist.

Councillor Irvin will be working with ABCA to identify the most severe areas impacted. Associations or individuals can assist by contacting either  or  to identify specific areas and getting the owners permission to possibly access their property for on-site inspection of the erosion problems.

The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

This year’s cleanup was a another great success.2016 cleanup map
The numbers.
Of the 24 km of shoreline south of Bayfield almost 9 km were cleaned.
An estimated 250 kg/500 lb was recycled or sent to landfill.
As would be expected with the impact of high water there was a lot of lumber debris (57) and plastic drainage tile (over 45 feet).
This year we counted plastic bits (560) and foam bits (1246) all under 1″.
Caps and lids – 112        Plastic bottles – 77
In addition the main beach and Howard St beach were cleaned by the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation.

Shoreline Management Plan Update

There will be a meeting on May 12th at the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority office beginning at 9AM. BSRA does have a board members on this steering committee and who is entitled to speak at the meeting. Another member who does not officially represent BSRA is also part of the committee. The public is allowed to attend, but only as part of the gallery.


2016 Census

What should you do if you receive the census questionnaire at your cottage?

If your cottage is your usual or only residence in Canada (where you live most of the year), please complete the questionnaire online or return by paper in the enclosed green envelope.

If your cottage is used primarily for vacations or recreation and your usual residence is elsewhere in Canada, please complete the questionnaires for both your cottage and usual residence.

  • For your cottage, complete the questionnaire as instructed:
    • In Step A, enter the address of the cottage.
    • In Step B, enter zero (0) for the number of persons who usually live here.
    • Mark the circle beside SECONDARY RESIDENCE and provide your contact information, including the address of your usual residence.
  • For your usual residence, complete the questionnaire online or return by paper in the enclosed green envelope.

To complete your questionnaire(s) online, visit and enter the 16-digit secure access code printed on your questionnaire(s).

For assistance, visit or contact the Census Help Line at 1-855-700-2016. For TTY services, call 1-866-753-7083.