Three more fires in the areaSunday, September 02, 2012 by: SooToday.com Staff
Three new fire starts were confirmed in the northeast region since yesterday’s report – all confirmed yesterday afternoon and evening.
Sudbury 192 was located south of Friday Lake at 0.1 hectares and is now out. A small fire in Algonquin Park – Algonquin Park 37 – is also out.
The region’s largest new fire confirmed yesterday is 5.0 hectares in size and located in the Hearst area west of Brunswick Lake. Hearst 27 is receiving air attack support and ground suppression action from Fire Rangers. That fire is not under control at this time.
Resources remain adequate to deal with new and expected fire arrivals.
Half of yesterday’s new fire starts were caused by people. The public is reminded to use extreme caution during outdoor burning as drought conditions persist in the region.
Progress was made on active fires in the region. Sudbury 190, a 0.2-hectare fire in the Trevor Lake area, was called out. Sudbury 191, a 0.2-hectare fire in French River Provincial Park, and Sault Ste. Marie 63, a 0.3-hectare fire located west of Mississagi River Provincial Park, are now under control.
Suppression efforts continue on Pembroke 44, which is classified as under control. It is 8.0 hectares in size located near Stones Lake.
Nine fires in the Cochrane area continue to be monitored, Sudbury 189 is being held and not likely to spread under prevailing and forecasted conditions and Timmins 9 is under control.
Regional Fire Activity Facts
- There are 15 active fires in the Northeast Region burning a total of 43,265 hectares.
- To date, 859 fires in the Northeast Region have burned 52,956.2 hectares.
Everyone has a responsibility to prevent forest fires!
The Ministry of Natural Resources would like to remind the public of their responsibilities under the Forest Fires Prevention Act (FFPA) of Ontario.
People will be out this weekend pursuing recreational activities and cleaning up cottages and rural residences, which may include outdoor fires. There are drought conditions throughout the region and extreme caution must be used with all outdoor burning.
Under the FFPA the only materials that can be burned without a fire permit are grass, wood, brush or wood by-products and people must tend their fires at all times making sure to put them out dead out before leaving. If it is windy, the risk of a wildfire is high – don’t burn!
If a forest fire results because you have used fire improperly, you could be held responsible for the costs of putting out the fire and for any property damage that occurs.
Further information is available on safe outdoor fire management at www.ontario.ca/fireprevention.
The Ministry of Natural Resources advises the public that there are drought conditions throughout the region and extreme caution must be used with any outdoor fires.
A reminder that municipalities may have fire bans in place, so please ensure to check with them before doing any outdoor burning.
Ontario Parks may also have their own restrictions in place for each campground.
For information on fire restrictions in parks, please visit http://www.parkreports.com/
To report a forest fire north of the French River, please call 310-FIRE (3473).
In southern regions, forest fires can be reported by calling your local fire department.