Three new fires in regionFriday, June 29, 2012 by: SooToday.com Staff
June 29, 2012 (15:30)
Three new fires have been confirmed thus far today in the Northeast Region.
Two of these fires are in the Cochrane District (COC 30, COC 31), while the other fire is in the North Bay area (NOR 39).
TIM 27 southeast of Foleyet is currently 102 hectares in size.
The fire was actioned by air attack and ground crews yesterday. Suppression efforts continued on the fire today.
Progress continues on TIM 9 as well as KLK 8 and KLK 13, through infrared scanning and actioning of hot spots.
The Ministry of Natural Resources would like to remind the public to use extreme care and caution when partaking in outdoor activities, as just one careless moment can lead to a wildfire that may threaten people, properties and communities.
When considering the use of a campfire, ensure adequate resources are available, and make certain your campfire is completely extinguished before leaving.
Also make sure any residue from fireworks is completely extinguished, as any person who sets off fireworks is responsible if any hot residue results in a fire.
A person can be charged under the Forest Fire Prevention Act, and may be held responsible for the cost of putting a forest fire out.
Some suggested measures to promote the safe use of fireworks include:
- Attending an organized fireworks venue instead of setting your own
- Choosing a fire safe area to ignite fireworks that is free of flammable materials (ie. Gravel, body of water)
- Always supply adult supervision
- Have suppression equipment on hand
- When completed, check the area for any hot residue, and ensure it is put out.
Before considering the use of fireworks or campfires, ensure your local municipality does not have a fire ban in place.
For more information on how to be FireSmart, please visit www.ontario.ca/fireprevention .
There are currently 14 fires in the Northeast Region, burning 47109.9 hectares.
To date, there have been 309 fires in the Northeast Region, having burnt 48627.1 hectares.