Southeast Fire Centre responds to 39 wildfires

The Southeast Fire Centre has responded to 39 wildfires since April 1, 2015, 34 of which were human-caused.

The Southeast Fire Centre has responded to 39 wildfires since April 1, 2015, 34 of which were human-caused.

The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Wildfire Management Branch is reminding people to remain vigilant when riding recreational vehicles or operating farm and lawn equipment.

A press release issued by the ministry on May 26 advised residents to ensure that they have a plan in place to extinguish any fire that may occur.

“All-terrain vehicles produce an enormous amount of heat and their exhaust systems can easily ignite grass or bush,” the release said. “They should not be parked on grass or other areas where hot parts of the machine are close to combustible materials.”

The Wildfire Management Branch is also reminding the public that smoking materials, such as cigarette butts, should not be thrown out of vehicles and should be extinguished in an interior ashtray.

To report a wildfire or unattended campfire, call 1-800-663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.