Flooding More Concern Than Forest Fires

Forest Fire Update

Forest Fire Update
THUNDER BAY – Flooding more than forest fires continue to be a bigger concern for the southwest sectors of the Northwest region. FireRanger crews are assisting with sand bagging efforts in the Fort Frances District and public response to their efforts has
been positive.

There were no new fires reported in the Northwest Region on June 24. There are still three active fires with two in the Red Lake District and one in the Sioux Lookout District.

Two of the fires are classed as Being Observed and one Red Lake District fire is under control.

Since April 1 there have been 54 fires in the Northwest Region with an area burned of 188 hectares. Provincially there have been 103 fire and 390 hectares burned. In 2013 by this time there had been 259 fires and 23,755 hectares burned. The ten year average for the province is 347 fires by this time in the season and 31,718 hectares burned.

The forest fire hazard is low to moderate across most of the region with temperatures on the cool side reaching only the mid-teens.

However, residual cloud and showers will finally move south, allowing sunshine and gradual drying to begin.