MNRF responds to small fire near Mackey

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The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is responding this afternoon to a small forest fire in the area of Mackey Creek.

The fire, designated “PEM005” on the province’s interactive forest fires map, is currently reported as 0.2 hectares in size and “not under control.”

Laurentian Hills firefighters have been called out twice to respond to reports of white smoke visible in the area of Colton Creek Road. Both calls have turned out to be false alarms.

The Mackey fire is one of only two forest fires reported in the Pembroke district. The second, a 3.2 ha blaze at Ferguson Lake near Calabogie, was reported early Thursday and is currently listed as “being held.”

Overall there are 10 active fires in the Northeast region of Ontario. The MNRF says the fire hazard is currently “high” across most of the Northeast.

“The areas of Greater Sudbury, Elliot Lake and Temiskaming Shores are showing an extreme hazard today.”

The Ministry lifted its province-wide fire ban last Saturday.

“The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry would like to thank the public for their cooperation. Please continue to remain diligent in reducing the number of human-caused fires during these challenging times.”

To report a fire in the Pembroke district, residents are urged to call 911.

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