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Northeastern Ontario remains fire-free

Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services turn their attention to flood response
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AFFES deploys 39 team members to flood response efforts in Renfrew County, Pembroke, French River, and Mattawa (File)

The province's Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services (AFFES) report that as of May 19**, there are no active wildland fires in the region and a low fire hazard in the surrounding areas. 

At this point in time, there are 48** AFFES members deployed to assist with sandbagging efforts and the movement of water from low-lying areas in various communities of Renfrew County, Pembroke, French River, and Mattawa.

According to a press release by AFFES, their team plans to continue providing assistance until it is no longer required, providing logistical support and equipment such as pumps and hose in addition to physical efforts. 

AFFES asks that throughout the long weekend and beyond, residents do their part in preventing forest fires by planning the site of their campfire carefully, keeping the fire small, and never leaving the flame unattended.

To ensure a fire is extinguished before leaving the site, residents are asked to stir the ashes with a stick to uncover the hoat coals, and then drown the coals with water at least once.

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 (3473). To report a forest fire located south of the French or Mattawa rivers, please dial 911.

**This story has been updated based on today's statistics




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