THUNDER BAY – Forest fire hazard is climbing. After what felt like weeks of rain, the dry weather is causing the forest fire hazard to climb.
There were three new fires reported in the Northwest Region by the evening of May 24. Two were in the Red Lake District and one in the Dryden District with more incidents being reported into the evening. There were two additional active fires in the Red Lake District that started May 23.
On Saturday, Thunder Bay Fire Rescue responded to a backyard grass fire on Simon Fraser Drive. It is important that anyone doing any outdoor burning remain aware and alert. It is also likely a good idea to have a hose or fire extinguisher handy. Fire Safety is all our concern.
Forest Fire Season Underway
Two new fires in the Thunder Bay District have been reported. One, that was a brush fire in the brush fire in Oliver-Paipoonge area is now out.
Another is located in Gorham Township.
To date, there have been 68 fires burning an area of 62.9 hectares in the Northwest Region.
With dry, sunny weather forecast for the weekend, the fire hazard is expected to rise. The highest hazard is predicted for the northwest sectors of the region on May 25, spreading across most parts of the region by May 26.