Forest Fire Danger Moderate
THUNDER BAY – Warming weather is changing the wild fire outlook. There was one new fire reported in the Kenora District on August 3. The municipal fire department responded and put out some logs burning beside the railway west of Minaki. Kenora District Fire Number 40 is now out at 0.1 hectares in size.
Infrared scanning continues on Red Lake District Fires 024 and 031 and aerial reconnaissance will be done on other northern fires still listed as active.
Four northern fires in the Nipigon District have been declared out as no fire activity has been observed after several fire assessments.
There has been minimal smouldering fire behaviour on Red Lake Fire 031 which is classed as under control. The final crews will be pulled from the fire line on the weekend.
The forest fire hazard is moderate across most of the region except the eastern boundary which is still in a low fire hazard.
Provincially, resources are returning from Manitoba including 19 Type 1 (four-person) crews and an Agency Representative. This is the last of personnel that were out of the province on dispatch.
Earlier, resources had been on assignment in the Northwest Territories, Manitoba and Quebec. Equipment from Ontario remains in Quebec, including several thousand lengths of fire hose as well as hand tools and chainsaw kits.
Further information is available on safe outdoor fire management at www.ontario.ca/fireprevention.