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Two new fires pop up in region

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There were two new forest fires confirmed in the region by yesterday afternoon.

Nipigon fire #17 has been declared out at 0.1 hectares and was located near McAvay Lake.

Sioux Lookout fire #56 is not under control at 1.5 ha. and is located near Jabez Lake, approximately 130 kilometres northeast of Sioux Lookout.

There are currently 32 active fires in the region. Two fires are not under control, two fires are being held, five fires are under control, and 23 fires are being observed.

The forest fire hazard is high in the southern portions of the region and low to moderate in the remainder of the region. Scattered rain is in the forecast.

Adopt safe campfire practices! Choose the site of your campfire carefully and keep your fire small.

Stay nearby: never leave it unattended. Put your fire out by drowning it with water.

Be sure that it is extinguished prior to leaving the site.

Stir the ashes with a stick to uncover hot coals and then drown it again. You can never be too safe.

Consider alternatives to burning brush or yard waste, such as chipping or composting when possible, or saving burn piles for the fall or after the fire season.

Use of outdoor fires must follow the outdoor burning rules set out in the Forest Fire Prevention Act of Ontario.

Fires are to be started no sooner than two hours before sunset and extinguished no later than two hours after sunrise.

To report a fire, call 310-FIRE (3473).

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