Hunters urged to be aware of MNR firefighters

Summer officially ended on the weekend and with it came cooler, wetter weather that has helped ease the active fire behaviour on hundreds of forest fires burning in the region.
Despite this reprieve, though, there still are weeks of work remaining on active fires.
As such, hunters are urged to use extreme caution when using forest access roads and discharging firearms as there still are hundreds of fire personnel operating in forested areas—putting out hot spots and providing service and support functions to the firefighting effort.
Outdoor fires are allowed in rural areas in Northwestern Ontario after the Restricted Fire Zone in place earlier was lifted Sept. 19. People are reminded, however, that normal safe burning guidelines still apply.
Campfires used for cooking and warmth must be attended at all times and put dead out before leaving.
It also is anticipated that cottage owners and rural residents will be burning brush piles for clean-up now. They are reminded that no day-burning is allowed.
Brush and grass fires are to be started no sooner than two hours before sunset and put out no later than two hours after sunrise.
As always, people living in organized municipalities should check with municipal officials for bylaws that may be in place on outdoor burning.
In other news, an Emergency Area Order remains in effect in the southern portions of the Thunder Bay and Nipigon districts.
While there are no roads restrictions in the Thunder Bay District, there are some in the Nipigon District. Travel restrictions are reviewed daily.
If people are heading to areas where there is forest fire suppression continuing, information on travel restrictions and road closures can be found at affm.mnr.gov.on.ca/ or call the forest fire information hotline toll-free at 1-888-258-8842.

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