Whether you’re out hunting birds or big game, you don’t want to end up shooting a fire ranger.

MNRF forest fire information officer Shane McCool notes that hunting season overlaps forest fire season… which runs until October 31st.

“There are currently no fires in the Northeast and the fire hazard is predominantly low across the region,” he notes.  “We know that it only takes a few days of nice weather for forest fuels to dry out and become more susceptible to new fires starting.”

A fire ranger dresses in dark green pants, a bright orange shirt with an Ontario fire logo on the sleeve near the shoulder, and a yellow or orange hard hat.

“So if hunters happen to come across some of our firefighting staff or their vehicles,” says McCool, “we just ask that they avoid the area and continue to hunt a safe distance from any fire.”