May 2 2015 – Wild Fire Update Ontario North

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Forest Fire Report

THUNDER BAY – There were three new fires confirmed in the Northwest Region on May 02 in the districts of Thunder Bay and Kenora.

Between April 30 and May 01 there were an additional seven new fires confirmed in the districts of Kenora, Nipigon, Sioux Lookout and Thunder Bay. Most have already been declared out.

The fire hazard is moderate to high across the eastern and northern sectors of the region and high to extreme in the southwest sectors.

Northeast Region

Over the weekend there were 7 new fires in the region, all of which have been extinguished. So far today, 4 new fires have been confirmed. Hearst 2 is under control at 6.8 hectares, Sudbury 6 is not under control at 30 hectares, Sudbury 7 is not under control at 0.1 of a hectare and Sudbury 8 is not under control at 1 hectare.

The forest fire hazard rating is mostly moderate with the exception of the Greater Sudbury to French River, Elliot Lake and Espanola area which is showing a high hazard.

Think wildfires are just a problem in the summer? Think again. Spring is grass fire season and grass fires can be a deadly and destructive menace. Seek alternatives to spring burning by considering composting or using your local landfill. Don’t be the reason behind a spring wildfire this year.

For further tips on how to be FireSmart, visit: ontario.ca/firesmart.

For more information about the current fire situation and the active fires map: ontario.ca/forestfire.

Report forest fires by calling 310-FIRE (3473).

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