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Be safe with fireworks

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No new fires were confirmed in the Northwest Region by yesterday evening, although Fort Frances District was responding to a possible fire resulting from a tree over a power line.

Rain continues to fall in the region, keeping the fire hazard in the “low” to “moderate” range.

Thunderstorm and lightning activity is in the forecast for the north shore of Lake Superior.

Lightning activity is being tracked by a lightning-locator system, and the strikes are mapped and monitored for any potential new lightning-caused fires.

Meanwhile, people are urged to use caution over the Canada Day long weekend.

Activities such as setting campfires and setting off fireworks carry a wildfire risk.

According to the Forest Fires Prevention Act of Ontario, people who set off a flare or fireworks within 300 metres of a forest area have to make sure there is no burning residue left.

Anyone who sets off fireworks that cause a forest fire will be held responsible.

As well, make sure any campfires or shore lunch fires are put dead out before leaving the site.

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