Five new forest fires reported in Northeast region

July 27, 2015

By: Northern Life

Two are in Sudbury, two in Chapleau, and one is in Timmins

 As of the early afternoon Saturday, five new fires have been confirmed in the Northeast region in the last 24 hours, says a news release from the Ministry of Natural Resources. 

“Two of these are in Chapleau, two are in Sudbury and the remaining fire is located in Timmins,” the release said. “Currently there are 13 active fires in the region, a majority of which are being observed in the far north. Sudbury 38 is not yet under control at 23.6 hectares.”

The weekend forest fire hazard is mainly low to moderate across the region, with pockets of high risk around Ottawa and Kingston, as well as Geraldton, Kapuskasing and Manitouwadge, the release said.

Out of Ontario, there are 279 fire management personnel from Ontario helping battle fires in the following locations: Alberta (64); British Columbia (131); Saskatchewan (63); and, Parks Canada (21). 

Ontario is also providing equipment including fire hoses, sprinkler kits, pumps and chainsaws to Alberta, British Columbia, Parks Canada and Saskatchewan.

“The Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services program is reminding people that they are responsible for safe outdoor fire management,” the release said. 

Resident must follow guidelines set out in the Forest Fires Prevention Act of Ontario, which includes no day burning of brush or grass fires. Campfires are to be tended at all times and put out before leaving. 

By: Northern Life

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