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NEWS RELEASE MINISTRY OF NATURAL RESOURCES ************************* Northeast Region - May 10, 2011 There were five new fires reported in the Northeast Region on Monday, May 9.
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NEWS RELEASE

MINISTRY OF NATURAL RESOURCES

************************* Northeast Region - May 10, 2011

There were five new fires reported in the Northeast Region on Monday, May 9.

Parry Sound 2 was along a railway right of way and has been called out at two hectares.

Kirkland Lake 2 is under control at 7.5 hectares.

The fire is located southeast of Engleton and is human caused.

Sudbury 5, located north of Levack is under control at 0.4 hectares.

Sudbury 6, located on Whitefish Lake First Nation is being held at 6.2 hectares.

Sudbury 7, along the railway right of way in the Markstay-Warren area, is under control at 6.0 hectares.

There are no issues anticipated with any of the active fires.

The fire hazard in the Northeast Region is moderate to high and resident burning is the main area of concern for fire suppression specialists.

When cleaning up wood and grass debris, the ministry suggests composting, chipping or taking debris to a landfill site instead of burning.

If you still decide to burn debris, residents are reminded that they are required to follow safe outdoor fire guidelines.

In particular, there are restrictions on day burning of brush and grass.

Fires are to be started no sooner than two hours before sunset, be extinguished no later than two hours after sunrise, attended at all times and put dead out before leaving.

The hazard should remain moderate to high for most of the region until the weekend when northern parts of the region are forecast to get various amounts of rain.

Areas in the Highway 17 corridor and further south are expected to retain a moderate to high hazard throughout the week and into the weekend.

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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