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Currently no active wildland fires in Northeastern Ontario

Fire hazard is low to moderate, but you're reminded to be careful with campfires over Victoria Day long weekend
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The province's Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services division has started issuing fire situation updates for the season.

However, the fire hazard is low to moderate across the region, and the Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services team is actually currently deployed to assist with sandbagging efforts in areas experiencing flooding. 

As of the early evening of May 15, there are no active wildland fires in the region, said the fire situation update.

Four new fires were discovered this week in the northeast, all of which are currently out. 

Cochrane 1, 2 and 3 (0.5 of a hectare, 0.5 of a hectare and 1 hectare respectively) occurred near the far north community of Fort Albany. 

Hearst 1 was discovered and extinguished about 10 kilometres east of Kapuskasing and measured 0.2 of a hectare.

Citizens are asked to adopt safe campfire practices during the upcoming Victoria Day long weekend and beyond.

Choose the site of your campfire carefully and keep your fire small, said the press release.

Stay nearby: never leave it unattended. Put your fire out by drowning it with water.

Be sure that it is extinguished prior to leaving the site. Stir the ashes with a stick to uncover hot coals and then drown it again. You can never be too safe.

For up to date forest fire hazard conditions in your area, see the interactive fire map at Ontario.ca/forestfire

To report a forest fire located north of the French and Mattawa rivers, please dial 310-FIRE. To report a forest fire located south of the French or Mattawa rivers, dial 911.




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