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Fire hazard staying ‘low’

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No new fires were reported in the West Fire Region yesterday and there currently are no active fires across the region.

The fire hazard is expected to remain “low” for the next several days.

Despite a recent reprieve in the weather, meanwhile, British Columbia still is responding to new fire starts and a number of large fires that require a significant commitment of firefighting resources.

Ontario continues to support the situation there with about 360 FireRanger and support personnel, along with fire suppression and values protection equipment.

The MNR’s Aviation and Forest Fire Management Branch has launched an interactive forest fire hazard map that is viewable at ontario.ca/forestfire

This map makes use of daily weather information, as well as the Canadian Forest Fire Danger Rating System, to establish the forest fire hazard in each district inside Ontario’s fire regions.

The hazard then is shown in an easy-to-understand colour map.

By providing easy access to forest fire hazard information, the MNR is supporting “FireSmart” practices.

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