Forest Fire Situation Update Northeast Fire Region July 4, 2017

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Grilling the perfect bird. Credit: Copyright 2016 Lynne Curry
Grilling the perfect bird. Credit: Copyright 2016 Lynne Curry

Time of Report 16:50 July 4 2017:

There were no new fires reported in the region by the afternoon of July 4th. Cochrane 5 is being observed at 15 hectares and is located in the far North.

The forest fire hazard is currently low to extreme, with the highest danger rating located in the far north.

Planning to have a campfire?

Here are some tips on how to safely enjoy your campfire and avoid the costs and dangers that can arise from an unextinguished or unattended campfire:

  • Choose your site carefully. Select a site with easy access to water that is sheltered from high winds. The fire must be built on bare rock or non-combustible material.
  • Prepare the site. Clear a one metre space around your campfire site and remove all pine needles, grasses, leaves and twigs.
  • Keep your fire small. By law, your campfire cannot exceed one metre in height and one metre in diameter.
  • Stay nearby. Never leave your campfire unattended.
  • Put your fire out. Soak your fire with water.
  • Be sure the fire is extinguished. Stir the ashes with a stick to uncover any hotspots

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 visit Ontario.ca/forestfire

For guidelines on safe outdoor fire management ontario.ca/fireprevention

Report Prepared by Shayne McCool