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Fire hazard staying high

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The forest fire hazard is mainly high throughout most of the Northwest Region with some moderate hazard conditions in the far north.

There were three new fires confirmed in the Northwest Region by yesterday afternoon.

Sioux Lookout fire #58 is located north of Lac Seul, approximately 59 kilometres northwest of Sioux Lookout.

The fire is out at 0.1 hectares.

Nipigon fire #27 is located near Scriver Bay on Ogoki Lake, approximately 71 km northwest of Nakina. The 0.1 ha. fire is being held.

And Thunder Bay fire #22 is located west of Caribou Lake in Wabakimi Provincial Park, approximately 20 km northwest of Armstrong. The 0.2 ha. fire is not under control.

At the time of this post there were 33 active fires in the northwest region. Two fires were not under control, two fires were being held, six fires were under control and 23 fires were being observed.

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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