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Four fires reported

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Four fires were confirmed in the Northwest Region between Friday and late yesterday afternoon.

Three of the new fires were reported Saturday in Kenora District.

Kenora Fires #2, #3, and #4 all occurred in the First Nation community of Whitedog, and all three were human-caused.

These three fires burned a total combined area of 3.4 hectares and have since been declared “out” with no problems encountered.

Fort Frances District, meanwhile, responded to one fire Friday afternoon.

It was 0.1 ha in size and also has been declared “out.”

There have been eight fires confirmed to date in the Northwest Region—one in Fort Frances District, three in Dryden District, and four in Kenora District.

These eight fires have burned a total combined area of 4.8 ha.

Numerous reports were received over the weekend about people burning brush and debris on their property.

Residents are advised that it only takes a second for a grass fire to turn into a damaging wildfire.

Conditions are changing daily, and the forest fire hazard is expected to rise as the nice weather moves in from the west this week.

Every year, residents burning grass or debris ignite wildfires. In the spring, cured grass dries quickly, ignites easily, and can spread out of control quickly.

These fires cause property damage and cost money to extinguish.

If you light it, you are responsible for it.

This means if you light a fire and that fire turns into a wildfire, you can be held responsible for the associated costs of putting it out.

This can range into the thousands of dollars.

Instead of burning, you can mow and compost grass, and chip and compost brush, or use it as mulch.

If you must burn, don’t burn when it is windy, light your fire two hours before sunset or later, burn a safe distance from anything that could catch fire, and always keep your fire small and stay with it until it is dead out.

Residents in organized municipalities must check with their local municipal office for other burning restrictions or bylaws.

When a Restricted Fire Zone order is implemented, no outdoor fires are permitted.

For more information, call your local Fire Management Headquarters or visit www.Ontario.ca/fireprevention

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