NewsLargest of three forest fires in our region is burning east of Cochrane, says MNRF SHARE ON: Bob McIntyre, staff Monday, Jun. 21st, 2021 Forest fires currently in our region. (Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry)There are three forest fires currently burning in our region. The biggest is about 140 hectares in area, 50 kilometres east of Cochrane. One hectare is roughly the size of a football field.MNRF forest fire information officer Isabelle Chenard says the fire was confirmed early Friday evening.“There are five fire ranger crews assigned to this fire and two helicopters have been working in the area over the weekend, assisting with aerial fire suppression,” she reports.Another fire is just north of Lake Abitibi. It’s being held at 7.5ha; and a small one at 0.3ha about 20 kilometres east of Smooth Rock Falls is under control.Chenard says depending where you are, the fire hazard ranges from low… all the way to extreme.*Chenard forest fires 2 “So mostly for areas north of Timmins and along Hwy. 11 to west of Hearst, is mostly low to moderate.”South of Timmins is where it climbs into the high-to-extreme range.