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Over 50 forest fires still burning in Ontario

NEWS RELEASE MINISTRY OF NATURAL RESOURCES ************************* Northeast Region - September 16, 2011 Provincial overview There were eight new fires confirmed in the province on Thursday, September 15.
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NEWS RELEASE

MINISTRY OF NATURAL RESOURCES

************************* Northeast Region - September 16, 2011

Provincial overview

There were eight new fires confirmed in the province on Thursday, September 15.

These new arrivals have brought the number of active fires back up to 56.

In the 2011 season so far, 1,209 fires have burnt 629,041 hectares in the province.

In the United States, a large fire near the northeastern Minnesota-Ontario border continues to be a concern.

Smoke from the fire may once again drift into Ontario over the weekend as skies clear and the wind switches to the south.

Ontario has dispatched two personnel to Minnesota to serve as liaisons and assist with the fire and has also been providing Quickstrike air tanker support.

Cool weather and precipitation have helped put a damper on fire activity for the last several days.

Clear skies and warme temperatures are forecast for Friday, September 16 and Saturday, September 17, which could lead to a slight increase in fire behaviour.

No control issues are expected.

New fires

One new fire was reported on September 15.

Sudbury 100: lightning-caused, out, 0.1 hectares, east end of Killarney Provincial Park

Two new fires were reported by the evening of September 16.

North Bay 57: lightning-caused, not under control, 0.3 hectares, north of Lady Evelyn Lake

Kirkland Lake 16, lightning-caused, not under control, 0.1 hectares south of Kaa Lake

Active fires

There are no issues with any of the active fires.

Map of current fires in Ontario

Active fires in table format

Fire hazard

The fire hazard is low throughout the Northeast Region.

Check specific danger conditions and possible fire restrictions with local authorities.

See Ontario's forest fire danger map.

Safety message

Will you be completing clean up of brush and woody debris this fall?

Did you know that: Under the Forest Fires Prevention Act, the only material that can be burnt without a fire permit is grass, wood, brush or wood by-products.

Always consider chipping or composting first over burning brush or grass.

If you must burn, make sure you know the rules for outdoor fires and follow safe practices.

Find out what you need to know here.

If you live within a municipality, contact your local municipal office or fire department before burning.

Be FireSmart!

For more information, visit here and report forest fires using the toll-free reporting number: 310-FIRE (3473).

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