SUDBURY – Time of Report 11:30 – There were four new fires confirmed in the Northeast region between July 7 and July 11 in the district of Sudbury, Cochrane, and Pembroke.
There were four active fires on July 11, all of which are in the Cochrane district, and are being observed. So far this fire season, there have been 41 forest fires in the region totaling 499 hectares burned.
The forest fire hazard is moderate to high in the Cochrane district, and low to moderate across the rest of the Northeast region.
Out of Province Deployment
Ontario sent more than 100 personnel to help with the wildfire situation in British Columbia on July 11.
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 hot coals and then soak it again!
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 Evan Lizotte