Fire situation looking good says MNRFriday, August 15, 2014 by: SooToday.com Staff
MINISTRY OF NATURAL RESOURCES
On August 14 no new fires were reported.
At the time this report was completed, no new fires were confirmed.
The fire hazard ranges from low to moderate in both the north and central areas of the region, while the south is seeing a low hazard.
For today, expect to see mainly cloudy skies with periods of rain for most of the eastern parts of the region, while the western areas will see mainly sunny skies.
Expect cloud cover to come into most of the region this evening bringing showers and a risk of thunderstorms.
Temperatures will be in the mid to high teens in the cloud cover, while it climbs into the twenties under clear skies.
There are currently three active fires, none of which present an immediate danger to people or values.
Sudbury 51 is under control at 1.4 hectares (ha), while two fires in the Cochrane district are being observed.
To date this season, 166 fires have been confirmed, burning a total of 4,165 ha of land.
Out of Province Deployment
There are now 464 personnel from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry on assignment in British Columbia (316) and the Northwest Territories (148) to assist in ongoing forest fire management efforts.
Ontario has also provided equipment including 430 power pumps, 41 portable relay tanks, 6,000 lengths of hose and two values protection units to British Columbia.
This map shows the general location of Ontario resources on out-of-province assignments.
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.