Fire hazard risk remains high for Timmins area

Two forest fires have already been put out this week

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Timmins is still under a “high hazard” rating for new forest fires to spark up.

Two new blazes, which both began earlier this week, have since been snuffed out. One was located just off Hwy. 101, near the turnoff for Hwy. 144 and the other was located further south on that highway, north of Mattagami First Nation.

Two forest fires near Kirkland Lake are “under control” at 0.5 and 0.1 hectares respectively.

Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) forest fire map showed the Timmins area highlighted in yellow, meaning it is a high hazard area.

“The forest fire hazard ranges from low to moderate in the southern portion of the region, while areas north of Sault Ste. Marie to Temiskaming Shores are showing mostly a high to extreme hazard today,” reads the ministry’s website.

Shayne McCool, a fire information officer for the MNRF, told The Daily Press that people should take heightened precautions when there are high and extreme fire conditions, noting it is a “telling sign” that the area is very dry.

He reminded the public to not leave their campfires unattended and to always have an adult tending to the blaze.

“Before you leave the area, make sure that you do pour water on the fire, stir the fire and add more water to ensure the fire’s completely out,” McCool said.

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