Ontario crews head out to battle Montana forest firesFriday, August 30, 2013 by: SooToday.com Staff
No new fires were reported on August 28.
No new fires were reported by the time of this report on August 29.
Other existing fires are geographically located in the Cochrane district and are being observed.
No issues are anticipated with these active fires.
Clouds, periods of rain and thunderstorms are expected to affect most of the region, keeping the fire hazard low to moderate, with the exception of Manitoulin Island which exhibits a high fire hazard.
Any forest activity should be carried out with caution.
Out of province deployment - Montana
Personnel from Ontario traveled to Montana on August 26 to support forest firefighting efforts there.
This deployment includes five (20-person) strike teams or 100 fire rangers, five strike team leaders, and four overhead staff for a total of 109 personnel.
This deployment will last for 19 days including travel to and from Montana.
To follow the forest fire updates in Montana follow this link.
The Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre, (CIFFC) in Winnipeg, Manitoba coordinates the sharing of resources between provinces and territories in Canada and coordination of international deployments is done jointly between the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre and the National Interagency Fire Centre in Boise, Idaho.
Resource sharing is a vital part of forest fire management and in 2013, Ontario has provided firefighting resources to the Northwest Territories, Quebec, Manitoba and now Montana.
More information about Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre can be found at www.ciffc.ca
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.