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Officials provide update on forest fires

Ministry reports five active wildland fires in northeast region
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NEWS RELEASE
MINISTRY OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND FORESTRY
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Northeast Region fire update:

There was one new forest fire discovered by late afternoon on Aug. 17.

Wawa 9 is not yet under control at 0.1 of a hectare. It is located south of Kabinakagami Lake.

At the time of this update, there are five other active wildland fires in the region.

Chapleau 10 is under control at 0.3 of a hectare. It is located on a small island of Kashbogama Lake.

Timmins 15 is under control at 0.6 of a hectare. It is located southwest of Pebonishewi Lake.

Timmins 17 is being held at 0.1 of a hectare. It is located approximately half of a kilometre north of Fortune Road, on the west side of the Nat River.

Sudbury 36 is being held at 0.1 of a hectare. It is located approximately 2 kilometres north of Camp Seven Lake.

Cochrane 10 measures 74 hectares and is being observed, approximately 100 kilometres southeast of Moose Factory.

The forest fire hazard ranges from low to high in most of the Northeast Region, with an isolated area near the Mattagami River that is showing an extreme hazard.

For up to date forest fire hazard conditions in your area, see the interactive fire map at Ontario.ca/forestfires.

Help prevent forest fires

Adopt safe campfire practices! Choose the site of your campfire carefully and keep your fire small. Stay nearby: never leave it unattended. Put your fire out by drowning it with water. Be sure that it is extinguished prior to leaving the site. Stir the ashes with a stick to uncover hot coals and then drown it again. You can never be too safe.

Consider alternatives to burning brush or yard waste, such as chipping or composting when possible, or saving burn piles for the fall or after the fire season. Use of outdoor fires must follow the outdoor burning rules set out in the Forest Fire Prevention Act of Ontario. Fires are to be started no sooner than two hours before sunset and extinguished no later than two hours after sunrise. Fires should never be left unattended and tools and water should be close at hand to put the fire out. More details on outdoor burning regulations can be found online at Ontario.ca/forestfire

For updates on highway closures, check Ontario511 or @OPPCommunicationsNER on Twitter, and Ontario Provincial Police-Northeast Region on Facebook.

For information about the current forest fire situation: 1-888-220-7242

For updates on the fire situation, visit ontario.ca/forestfire or follow us on Twitter @ONforestfires.

To report a forest fire located north of the French and Mattawa rivers, please dial 310-FIRE. To report a forest fire south of these rivers, dial 911.

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