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Fire scene heating up across region

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There were nine new fires in the Northwest Region over the past two days.

Lightning is the main cause of these new fires, none of which were reported in Rainy River District.

Heavy lightning activity has been recorded in the past several days so more fires are expected to pop up as high temperatures, low humidity and windy conditions fan them into life.

Aerial detection patrols are flying over the lightning strike pathways and people are reminded to call 310-FIRE (3473) to report forest fires.

To see a complete list of fires across the province click on our interactive map found at www.ontario.ca/page/forest-fires.

You can also get the latest update on the condition of any fire by clicking the fire icon.

If you're planning to have a campfire this weekend, here are some tips on how to safely enjoy your fire and avoid the costs and dangers that can arise from an unextinguished or unattended campfire:

  • Choose your site carefully. Select a site with easy access to water that is sheltered from high winds.

The fire must be built on bare rock or non-combustible material.

  • Prepare the site. Clear a one metre space around your campfire site and remove all pine needles, grasses, leaves and twigs.
  • Keep your fire small. By law, your campfire cannot exceed one metre in height and one metre in diameter.
  • Stay nearby. Never leave your campfire unattended.
  • Put your fire out. Soak your fire with water.
  • Be sure the fire is extinguished. Stir the ashes with a stick to uncover.
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