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There was a forest fire, but it's out now

Friday, July 11, 2014   by: SooToday.com Staff
NEWS RELEASE
 
MINISTRY OF NATURAL RESOURCES
 
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Two fires were reported on July 10 in Sault Ste. Marie and Timmins which are both confirmed out.
 
No new fires were confirmed by the time of this report.
 
Fire Hazard
 
The fire hazard ranges from moderate to high in the far north, but the southern half of the region is maintaining a low hazard.
 
Regional Synopsis
 
The overall fire situation remains stable in the Northeast Region, with four fires currently active. Three fires are being observed in Cochrane District, and one is under control in Timmins District.
 
Eighty-four fires have been confirmed to date this season, burning a total combined area of 3,040.9 ha of land.
 
Out of Province Deployment
 
A request for an Incident Management Team for the Northwest Territories has been coordinated through the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre in Winnipeg.
 
Ontario sent the eight person Incident Management Team to Hay River yesterday. There are already two fire behaviour specialists from Ontario in Yellowknife, and one Air Attack Officer is returning to Ontario after completing an assignment in there. Out of province dispatches are two weeks on duty.
 
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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