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Rain and cooler temps easing forest fire rating in region

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The forest fire situation has stabilized in our region after fires broke out recently in the Cochrane and Timmins areas.  Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Fire Information officer Isabelle Chenard says the change in the weather including lots of rain made a big difference.

“To start the week off, we are seeing a moderate fire hazard kind of overall in the region with certain areas in the northeast maintaining a high hazard mostly along the Quebec border, north of North Bay, and also a few spots along highway 101 that’s maintaining a high hazard,” she said.

The situation is much different in the northwest with 62 active fires due to very dry conditions. Chenard says the fire hazard varies from high to extreme with restricted fire zone in some parts.

Chenard adds the best way to keep track of the forest fire situation is through the interactive fire map.

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“Where the active forest fires are in Ontario’s fire region,” she said. “You can click on each fire and it will tell you how many hectares what the status is of the fire.”

Here is a link to the interactive forest fire map.

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