Forest Fire Danger Dropped to Low

As of Tuesday, July 16th, the forest fire danger rating has been dropped to a Low rating. You can monitor current conditions and active fires using the interactive Forest Fire Info Map.

Residents are reminded to use extreme caution with any outdoor fires and fireworks. Even with the danger rating being lowered, there is still very little rain in the forecast.

View the Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry’s Forest Fire Rating Map for July.

Tips on how to be FireSmart

Shore lunch and campfires are responsible for wildfires every year. Residents are reminded that they must tend their fires at all times, making sure to put them dead out before leaving. If it is windy, the risk of a wildfire is high – don’t burn!

Residents planning on burning grass, brush or other wood debris should consider composting or taking material to landfill sites instead. Each spring, grass fires get out of control and cause needless damage to barns, homes and cottages.

Planning to use fireworks this weekend? Under the Forest Fires Prevention Act (FFPA), any person who sets off fireworks is responsible to ensure any hot residue from the discharge of fireworks is extinguished. There may also be municipal by-laws in place regarding the use of fireworks.

Residents are reminded of their responsibilities under the FFPA. All forest fires are investigated to determine the cause, and a person can be held responsible for the costs of extinguishing or property damage incurred by a forest fire.

Residents within organized municipalities should check with local fire departments or municipal offices for any burning restrictions in their area.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:

Melvin McLeod, Emergency Services Manager
705-753-2050 ext. 1342 | melvinm@nfn.ca

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