Wild Fire Season Winding Down

James Bay Highway - photo by Maxime Duperre Forest Fire
James Bay Highway - photo by Maxime Duperre

forest fireNo Records Set in 2013 Wild Fire Season

THUNDER BAY – A fire that was being monitored on Lake of the Woods for ecological renewal has been declared out. Kenora District Fire Number 035 started July 21 and was managed under the Lake of the Woods Fire Response Plan.  It is located about 30 kilometers south of Kenora, west of Ferrier Island. Its final size was 2.7 hectares.

Lake of the Woods has forests that represent the transition zone of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence and Boreal Forest Regions which are adapted to fire to renew and maintain healthy ecosystems. Inquiries on the fire response plan for Lake of the Woods can be directed to the Ministry of Natural Resources District office or the Fire Management Headquarters.

>Other fires remain active in the Fort Frances, Sioux Lookout and Thunder Bay Districts including Fort Frances District Fires 17 and 18, located at the south end of Quetico Provincial Park.

These wild fires are being managed for ecosystem renewal within the park.

The four Sioux Lookout District fires are listed as Being Observed and are located in the northern sectors of the district. All were caused by lightning.

Thunder Bay District Fire Number 035, located about 45 kilometers north of Thunder Bay, is now classed as under control at 0.1 hectares in size. This fire is human-caused, burning in a chipper debris pile.

The forest fire hazard is low to moderate across the region. Cloudy conditions and rain are in the forecast for September 14 with gradual clearing by September 15.  A return to mainly sunny skies across the region is forecast for September 16.

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