THUNDER BAY – Warm weather will ramp up forest fires across the region. The Ministry of Natural Resources report, “There was one new fire confirmed in the Northwest Region by the evening of June 7 but multiple fire reports were ongoing so the new fire total is expected to be higher by days end. Lightning activity across the north is predicted to add to the new fire activity”.
Conditions in the woodlands will dry out over the coming days with warmer weather.
The new fire is Sioux Lookout District Fire Number 10. It is a lightning-caused fire located about 10 kilometres west of the community of Kingfisher Lake in the far north.
A second active fire in the region is located in the far north of the Nipigon District. Located about 110 kilometres north of Ogoki Post, Nipigon District Fire Number 16 is a 1.0 hectare fire that is being monitored.
The forest fire hazard is high across the region except in the southwest sectors of Kenora and Fort Frances Districts where it is moderate for now.
Sunny, dry weather is in the forecast for the weekend so the fire hazard is predicted to be high across the region through the weekend.
The exception to this may be some locations where isolated thunder storms may track through.
This has a high risk of lightning-caused forest fires as a result. Fire managers will be tracking the weather and lightning activity and have put air attack birddogs, CL-415 heavy waterbombers, detection aircraft, fire crews and fire engines on red alert for fast response to new fires.
The key is keeping fire awareness at the top of your outdoor activities.
Campers and those with outdoor burning be it a campfire, barbecue, or clearing brush should be sure to keep safety in mind.
It only takes a moment, for a fire to get out of control.