The hunting season for black bear started Aug. 15, a press release from the Ministry of Natural Resources said.
While the forest fire risk is currently low, and the only existing fires in the northeast are in the Cochrane area, “Fire Rangers are still actively working in the bush and forested areas,” the press release said.
“Forest fires do occur in the fall and it is very important that hunters be aware that Fire Rangers may be actively working in hunting areas.”
The ministry gave a list of things hunters should know about Fire Rangers:
-Fire Rangers are briefed on safety precautions to help prevent any sort of hunting accident.
-Fire Rangers wear an orange long-sleeved shirt, green pants, and a yellow or red hard hat.
-Fire Ranger crews are made up of four people, so expect to see more than one person in the area.
-Fire Rangers are trained to handle bear encounters, and will blow whistles to alert other Fire Rangers of a bear’s presence, or to scare the bear away.
-Fire Rangers have access to areas via boat or truck
-Fire Rangers have access to remote and isolated areas via helicopter or fixed-winged aircraft such as a float plane.
-Fire Rangers have a good working knowledge of the local area; if you see a Fire Ranger while hunting, you can ask them where they are working, what area is affected by the fire or if there are any kind of road closures.
-Fire Rangers have radio contact with their Fire Management Headquarters and carry satellite phones.
-Fire Rangers may be camping, cooking, sleeping and operating equipment in the bush for up to 14 days.
-Fire Rangers can suppress forest fires on both Crown and private land
Hunters can get more information about forest fires by visiting Ontario.ca/forestfire.