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Follow rules when burning: MNR

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For more than a week now, there’s been no new fires reported in the West Fire Region.

But the Ministry of Natural Resources is reminding the public they still need to aware of the rules when they want to light a fire.

Outdoor fires are allowed under the Forest Fires Prevention Act of Ontario (FFPA), provided that people follow the proper outdoor burning guidelines:

•No day burning of brush or grass fires is allowed;

•Such fires can be burned in the evening, when they are set no sooner than two hours before sunset and put out no later than two hours after sunrise; and

•Campfires must be attended by a responsible person at all times, and put dead out before leaving the site.

If you live in an organized municipality or First Nations’ community, check with your fire service for local bylaws on burning.

Find more information at www.ontario.ca/fireprevention

Meanwhile, stormy weather continues in the forecast, with more rain and thunderstorms expected in the region through the week.

Despite recent rainfall, the fire hazard was “high” across the north yesterday and “low-moderate” through the rest of the region.

Red Lake District Fire #32, located northeast of Pikangikum, is listed as “being held” at 4,417 hectares in size.

This lightning-caused fire showed one hot spot during infrared scanning.

Firefighting and Incident Management Team resources are

being demobilized from this fire as FireRangers and Type 2 crews continue digging up and dousing the hot spots.

Red Lake District Fire #26, located about 110 km east of Red Lake, has been “under control” for a number of days now at 1,077 ha in size.

Infrared scanning continues on this fire, as well, to ensure that no hidden hot spots remain.

Managed fires continue to be monitored, including three in Quetico Provincial Park in the Fort Frances District.

These fires are beneficial for renewing ecosystems and restoring habitats.

One additional fire that was being monitored on an island on Eagle Lake, in the Dryden District, has been declared “out.”

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