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There were no new fires over the weekend, and no active fires in the region at present.

Widespread precipitation and cool temperatures have resulted in a low fire hazard across the Northwest Region with the exception of the far north portions of the Red Lake sector where hazard conditions are moderate.

More than 80 staff members from Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services left Sudbury and Dryden on Friday morning to assist the province of Alberta with its escalated fire situation. This includes FireRangers, support staff and one incident management team.

The sharing of resources across Canada is facilitated by the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre in Winnipeg under the Mutual Aid Resource Sharing agreement.

The fire situation in Ontario has been relatively quiet since the beginning of the 2019 fire season, and we remain fully prepared to respond to any forest fires that may arise here at home.

Meanwhile, the MNRF is reminding residents and tourists alike to adopt safe campfire practices.

Choose the site of your campfire carefully and keep your fire small.

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.

Use of outdoor fires must follow the outdoor burning rules set out in the Forest Fire Prevention Act of Ontario.

Fires are to be started no sooner than two hours before sunset and extinguished no later than two hours after sunrise.

Fires should never be left unattended and tools and water should be close at hand to put the fire out.

More details on outdoor burning regulations can be found online at Ontario.ca/forestfire

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