The forest fire danger rating in parts of our region has been reduced, thanks to the overnight rain.
But MNRF fire information officer Shayne McCool says there’s a new blaze just south of Hearst.
“That fire was discovered yesterday,” he reports. “That fire is 0.7 ha and it’s being held at this point.”
Two of three fires between Cochrane and Iroquois Falls aren’t growing, but aren’t under control yet. McCool says air attack will be used on them, if necessary over the weekend.
McCool says it’s also the the rainfall that fell on some areas overnight – near Timmins, for example – that allowed the hazrd rating to be redued.
“But as you expand outwards,” he observes, “you’re starting to get back into the high to extreme hazard for the most part. So it just shows you the scattered nature of the precipitation that we saw overnight.”