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Fire hazard rising across region

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The forest fire hazard has risen to be high to extreme across most of the region with an area of moderate hazard in Nipigon and northern Sioux Lookout district.

There were four new forest fires confirmed by yesterday afternoon.

Red Lake fire #12 is not under control at 20 hectares and is located near Hansen Lake, approximately 53 kilometres west of Red Lake.

Red Lake fire #13 is not under control at 7.5 ha. and is located near Dixie Lake, approximately 23 km south of Red Lake.

Dryden fire #4 has since been declared out at 0.1 ha. and was located near Banana Lake, approximately 16 km northeast of Dryden.

Red Lake fire #14 is not under control at 12 ha. and is located approximately 5 km north of Pikangikum First Nation.

More than 200 staff members from Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services are assisting the province of Alberta with its escalated fire situation.

This includes FireRangers, support staff and one incident management team.

In addition, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is providing equipment such as pumps, hose and hand tools to support Alberta.

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, 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.

Consider alternatives to burning brush or yard waste, such as chipping or composting when possible, or saving burn piles for the fall or after the fire season.

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

To report a forest fire, call 310-FIRE (3473).

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