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Three new fires reported in the region

Saturday, August 17, 2013   by: SooToday.com Staff

NEWS RELEASE

MINISTRY OF
NATURAL RESOURCES

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New fires

One new fire reported on August 15.

Bancroft 4 is under control at 0.2 hectares and is located south of Bon Echo Provincial Park.

This fire is water-locked and poses no foreseeable threat.

Two new fires were reported by the time of this report on August 16.

Bancroft 5 is being held at 0.2 hectares and is located southeast of Lake Saint Peter Provincial Park.

Algonquin Park 7 is being held at 0.1 hectares and is located west of Smoke Lake.

No issues are anticipated.

Existing fires are geographically located in the Cochrane district and are being observed.

No issues are anticipated with any of the active fires.

Fire hazard

Although there is a low fire hazard throughout the region, Manitoulin Island and the far north are exhibiting high fire hazards.

Caution must be used in any forest activity.

Be FireSmart!

Did you know? About 200,000 hectares of forest are burned each year and forest fires can cost millions of dollars to put out. 

Often, unattended campfires are the cause.

If you're going camping and plan to have a campfire, please ensure you build a safe campfire.

Keep your campfire small, have water nearby and never leave it unattended. 

Once you are finished, make sure your campfire is completely extinguished.

Under the Forest Fires Prevention Act (FFPA), if you start a wildfire, you could be held liable for suppression costs.

For tips on how to Be FireSmart and ensure your campfire is safe, visit here.

For more information about the current fire situation, visit here.

Report forest fires north of the French and Mattawa rivers by calling 310-FIRE (3473). 

In southern regions, forest fires can be reported by calling your local fire department.

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