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Two new forest fires in Sault area on weekend

NEWS RELEASE MINISTRY OF NATURAL RESOURCES ************************ Northeast Region - September 19, 2011 Provincial overview Pleasant weather over the weekend brought a steady influx of new forest fires to Ontario.
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NEWS RELEASE

MINISTRY OF NATURAL RESOURCES

************************ Northeast Region - September 19, 2011

Provincial overview

Pleasant weather over the weekend brought a steady influx of new forest fires to Ontario.

There were 41 new fires confirmed over the period of Friday, September 16 to Sunday, September 18.

The majority of new fires were the result of hold-over lightning from earlier last week.

Most new fires had low behaviour and no control issues were experienced.

New fires

Over the weekend, a total of 22 new fires were reported in the Northeast Region - eight on Saturday and 14 on Sunday.

On Saturday there were five fires in the Sudbury district and one each in Cochrane, Algonquin Park and Wawa districts.

Sunday there were two fires each in Cochrane, Wawa, Timmins and Sudbury districts as well as one each in Chapleau, Bancroft, Parry Sound, North Bay, Sault Ste. Marie and Kirkland Lake districts.

There are no issues anticipated with any of the fires reported over the weekend.

No new fires were reported by the evening of September 19.

Active fires

There are no issues with any of the 12 active fires in the Northeast Region.

Map of current fires in Ontario

Active Fires in table format

Fire hazard

The fire hazard is moderate to high throughout the Northeast Region but is expected to be reduced after the rain moves through the region.

See Ontario’s Forest Fire Danger map in Ontario

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

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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