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Two active forest fires near Hearst

The forest fire hazard is moderate to high across the region
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File photo.

There are two active forest fires in the region, by late afternoon on May 14. 

  • Hearst fire number 7 is under control at 4,5 hectares. It is located 5 km northeast of the junction between highways 11 and 663.
  • Hearst fire number 8, located approximately 10 km north of Hearst, is being held at 1.5 hectares.

The forest fire hazard is moderate to high across the region.

Performing yard clean-up?

Consider chipping or composting brush or grass before burning. If you must burn, make sure you know the rules and follow Ontario’s outdoor burning regulations to ensure you burn grass and woody debris safely.

If you’re planning to perform any outdoor burning, make sure you have tools and water on-hand to put your fire out; and never leave it unattended.

Fires are to be started no sooner than two hours before sunset and extinguished no later than two hours after sunrise. To familiarize yourself further with Ontario’s outdoor burning regulations, visit our website at

Residents of municipalities should also check any local bylaws that may be in effect prior to burning.

Fire numbers and online information:

  • To report a forest fire located north of the French and Mattawa rivers, please dial 310-FIRE (3473)
  • To report a forest fire located south of the French or Mattawa rivers, please dial 911.
  • Follow us on Twitter: in English @ONForestFires or in French @ONFeuDeForêt
  • For up to date information on current fires in the province or to check the forest fire hazard in your area, visit

For guidelines on safe outdoor fire management