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There is a moderate fire hazard throughout the North Shore of Lake Huron extending through Sault Ste Marie, Elliot Lake and Parry Sound areas Thursday evening, according to a news release from Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services. Sudbury is experiencing a split between a low to moderate hazard with the remainder of the region experiencing a low hazard.

There are also areas of a high hazard in Smooth Rock Falls and Watt Lake. There are no new fires confirmed in the Northeast Region.

Emergency Services reminds the public to use caution when performing any outdoor burning. In order to dispose of yard waste and woody debris, we encourage you to use methods such as composting or using your local landfill. If you must burn, follow Ontario’s Outdoor Burning Regulations.

Fires are to be ignited no sooner than two hours before sunset and extinguished no later than two hours after sunrise. Always have tools/water adequate to contain the fire at the site. Know the rules for safe outdoor burning. Consult the full set of Outdoor Burning Regulations

To report a wildland fire located north of the French and Mattawa rivers, please dial 310-FIRE (3473). To report a forest fire located south of the French or Mattawa rivers, please dial 911.

For tips on preventing wildland fires and information on the current fire situation, follow us on Twitter in English and French @ONforestfires and @ONfeudeforet.