Fire Hazard Climbs in Thunder Bay District

NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz LANCE/EOSDIS MODIS Rapid Response Team, GSFC
NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz LANCE/EOSDIS MODIS Rapid Response Team, GSFC

NASA's Aqua satellite captured multiple images of fire and smoke from Canadian wildfires on July 4, 2013. The images were stitched together to form a visual quilt.
NASA’s Aqua satellite captured multiple images of fire and smoke from Canadian wildfires on July 4, 2013. The images were stitched together to form a visual quilt. Image credit: Jeff Schmaltz, NASA Goddard’s MODIS Rapid Response Team Caption: Rob Gutro, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.

THUNDER BAY – There were no new confirmed fires by the afternoon of August 28. Thunder Bay District was checking on a fire report. There was minimal
fire behaviour reported on all ongoing fires. 

The fire hazard remains low to moderate in most parts of the region and high in the Quetico Park and south Thunder Bay district areas.

The forecast is calling for rain and thunderstorms although the location and intensity of the storms is expected to vary across the region.

Out of Province Deployment – Montana 

Personnel from Ontario traveled to Montana on August 26 to support forest firefighting efforts there. This deployment includes five (20-person) Strike Teams or 100 FireRangers, five Strike Team Leaders, and four overhead staff for a total of 109 personnel. This deployment will last for 19 days including travel to and from Montana 

To follow the forest fire updates in Montana

The Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre, (CIFFC) in Winnipeg, Manitoba coordinates the sharing of resources between provinces and territories in Canada and coordination of international deployments is done jointly between the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre and the National Interagency Fire Centre in Boise, Idaho.Resource sharing is a vital part of forest fire management and in 2013, Ontario has provided firefighting resources to the Northwest Territories, Quebec, Manitoba and now Montana.

Major California Fire Yosemite Park

While there are no crews from Ontario currently deployed to California, a major fire in Yosemite National Park has put the historic area at risk.

The Rim fire spread deeper into Yosemite National Park on Tuesday with flames racing unimpeded to the east even as firefighters shored up defenses for communities on the western edges of the blaze. The fire was 20% contained by Tuesday evening, with almost all of the containment coming on the fire’s southwest edge. On the east, the fire has a relatively flat, clear path farther into Yosemite and the 3,700 firefighters battling the blaze have fewer options to control it. The blaze has destroyed 111 buildings, including 31 residences, and is now the seventh-largest fire in state history, having spread across 281 square miles. Officials consider about 4,500 homes north of the fire and two groves of giant sequoias and other historic landmarks still in danger.

NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz LANCE/EOSDIS MODIS Rapid Response Team, GSFC
NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz LANCE/EOSDIS MODIS Rapid Response Team, GSFC

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