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Saturday forest fire update

NEWS RELEASE MINISTRY OF NATURAL RESOURCES ************************* There was one confirmed fire today in the East Fire Region. North Bay 11 is 0.3 hectares in size and is currently listed as under control.
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NEWS RELEASE

MINISTRY OF NATURAL RESOURCES

************************* There was one confirmed fire today in the East Fire Region. 

North Bay 11 is 0.3 hectares in size and is currently listed as under control. 

Otherwise, there are no active fires in the region.

The forest fire hazard is beginning to creep into the low to moderate range throughout northern portions of the East Fire Region.

The hazard is moderate to high from Sault Ste. Marie to North Bay and in southern Ontario with small pockets of extreme hazard.

For Sunday, a strong ridge of high pressure will produce mainly sunny and dry conditions throughout the Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, North Bay areas as well as southern Ontario.

Traditionally in the spring, people do clean up around their rural homes and cottages and use brush pile fires and grass fires to remove dead grass and brush, or ignite woody debris in burning barrels.

These types of fires always carry the risk of spreading into wildfires if not properly managed. 

Always make sure you follow safe burning guidelines as set out under the Forest Fires Prevention Act:

- The fire is ignited no sooner than two hours before sunset and extinguished no later than two hours after sunrise.

- Only a single pile is burned at any one time.

- The pile is not more than two metres in diameter and less than two metres high.

- The fire is at least two metres from any flammable materials.You have tools or water adequate to contain the fire to the fire site.

- A responsible person tends the fire until it is extinguished.

If it's windy, don't light!

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

For more information on FireSmart safe burning practices, please click here

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