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Seven new since last report

Monday, June 23, 2014   by: SooToday.com Staff

NEWS RELEASE

MINISTRY OF NATURAL RESOURCES

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New Fires

Seven new fires have been reported since June 20, with two each in Cochrane and Sudbury Districts, and one each in Kirkland Lake, Sault Ste. Marie, and Wawa Districts.

  • Hearst 3 is currently not under control, at 1.0 hectare.
  • Kirkland Lake 5 is current being held, at 1.9 hectares.
  • Sault Ste. Marie 2 is currently not under control, at 1.0 hectare.
  • Sudbury 13 and Sudbury 14 are both currently not under control, each at 0.1 hectares.

The current forest fire situation is increasing in activity, with five active fires in the region.

Fire Hazard

The fire danger ranges from low to extreme throughout the region. Exercise caution in any woodland activities. Resources are adequate to deal with expected fire load.

Regional Synopsis

Forty-six fires have been confirmed in the Northeast Region to date, burning a total combined area of 199.8 hectares.

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 the costs of suppressing the fire.

For tips on how to Be FireSmart and ensure your campfire is safe, visit www.ontario.ca/fireprevention.

For more information about the current fire situation, visit www.ontario.ca/forestfire.  

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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