The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry crews are already well into forest fire season.

Ministry firefighters have already attended over 20 fires in the region and four remain active, designated as being “held” or “under control.”

The forest fire hazard is moderate to high in the northeast.

With the long weekend approaching, barbecue season and other activities involving open flames brings an increased risk of forest fires

The MNRF says knowing and following Ontario outdoor burning regulations, as well as municipal outdoor fire by-laws is important.