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One Cochrane-area fire is out, two remain

Northeast Region New Fires Two new fires were confirmed on August 2. By the time of this report, no new fires have been confirmed for August 3.

Northeast Region

New Fires

Two new fires were confirmed on August 2.

By the time of this report, no new fires have been confirmed for August 3.

Fire Hazard

The southern and northern portions of the region are at a low to moderate hazard, while the central area is seeing a low hazard. We can expect a mix of sun and clouds for most of the region, while the far north could see thunderstorms develop.

Regional Synopsis

There are two fires currently active in Cochrane and are being observed. Cochrane 11 is now out at 0.3 hectares (ha). Sudbury 46 is out at 0.1 ha, as is Sault Ste. Marie 12 at 0.1 ha.

To date this season, 133 fires have been confirmed, burning a total of 4,079.7 ha of land.

Out of Province Deployment

There are now 481 personnel from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry on assignment in Alberta (107), British Columbia (263) and the Northwest Territories (111) to assist in ongoing forest fire management efforts.

Rotation of resources is now occurring. Today, a total of 150 Fire Rangers and overhead personnel are scheduled to return from Alberta and the Northwest Territories. Three Incident Management Teams from Ontario are on assignment in British Columbia and the Northwest Territories.

Ontario has also provided equipment including 400 power pumps, 2,000 lengths of hose and two values protection units to British Columbia.

Be FireSmart!

Did you know? About 200,000 hectares of forest are burned each year and forest fires can cost millions of dollars to put out. Often, unattended campfires are the cause.

If you're going camping and plan to have a campfire, please ensure you build a safe campfire. Keep your campfire small, have water nearby and never leave it unattended. Once you are finished, make sure your campfire is completely extinguished.

Under the Forest Fires Prevention Act (FFPA), if you start a wildfire, you could be held liable for the costs of suppressing the fire.

For tips on how to Be FireSmart and ensure your campfire is safe, visit www.ontario.ca/fireprevention.

For more information about the current fire situation, visit www.ontario.ca/forestfire.

Report forest fires north of the French and Mattawa rivers by calling 310-FIRE (3473). In southern regions, forest fires can be reported by calling your local fire department.




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