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Fire resources scaling back

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Aviation Forest Fire and Emergency Services resources are in transition.

Fire crew levels have been reduced by about 35 percent across the province as seasonal staff contracts are ending and many personnel are returning to school.

There are adequate resource levels of personnel, aircraft, and equipment to meet response needs heading into cooler fall weather and lower fire hazards.

The AFFES will continue to scale down operations for front-line fire staff in the coming weeks.

Resources can respond within the province to cover off any areas with fire hazards.

In addition to ongoing fire response, staff will be focused on training and preparing facilities/equipment for the winter months.

Planning and preparations also continue for prescribed burns scheduled in the fall.

The forest fire hazard is “low” through the southern sectors of the Northwest Region and “moderate” for the rest.

There are three active fires in the region, including two in Quetico Provincial Park and one in Red Lake District.

The MNRF also would like to remind hunters to watch for firefighting personnel and vehicles operating in the bush as they respond to new or existing wild fires.

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