Our region’s fire danger rating has been moved to extreme.
Richard Maranda, West Nipissing’s Fire Chief, says a combination of a low amount of snow and hot spring weather has lead to some dry conditions for this time of year.
With the long weekend coming up, Maranda says folks need to be vigilant when it comes to campfires.
“Always make sure it’s completely out. Flood the fire with water when leaving, because if it’s not completely out, it will re-ignite,” said the Maranda.
The fire chief does say however that unless the MNRF issues a fire ban, he doesn’t believe the municipality will be implementing one.
“We’re monitoring it all on a daily basis. It looks like some precipitation is on the way between now and the weekend so I don’t anticipate a fire ban being issued at this time,” he said.
Shayne McCool, information officer for the MNRF’s Northeast Region, echoed the fire chief’s statements, saying they’re keeping a close eye on conditions as well as patrolling the area with their aircraft to find fires while they’re small.
There are currently two active fires in the northeast region. Both are under control. The closest is just south of Sudbury and is currently 13 hectares.