THUNDER BAY – Wild Fire Update – The weekend weather forecast is calling for cooler weather and showers. That is expected to reduce the wild fire risk across Northwestern Ontario.
There were no new forest fires in the Northwest Region by the afternoon of June 19. Thunder Bay Fire Number 026 was declared out on June 19 at a size of 4.0 hectares. FireRangers continue to work on Red Lake Fire Number 017 which is listed as not under control at 410 hectares in size and assessments are ongoing about using aerial ignition to bring parts of the fire to natural boundaries.
A number of other fires are being monitored across the north in the Red Lake, Sioux Lookout and Nipigon Districts.
The forest fire hazard is forecast to drop to low across the southern sectors of the region with incoming rain, however the hazard will remain moderate to high in the central and northern sectors throughout the weekend.
Out of Province Deployment
Ontario continues to support Alberta forest fire fighting efforts with personnel and equipment. There are 54 personnel in Alberta including Type 1 FireRanger crews, Strike Team Leaders and Agency Representatives. Ontario is also providing pump kits and almost 3,000 lengths of fire hose.
The Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services program is reminding people that they are responsible for safe outdoor fire management and must follow guidelines set out in the Forest Fires Prevention Act of Ontario including no day burning of brush or grass fires. Campfires are to be tended at all times and put out before leaving.
For further tips on how to be FireSmart, visit ontario.ca/firesmart
For more information about the current fire situation and the active fires map, ontario.ca/forestfire
The Northwest Region Fire Information Hotline is available for general information updates – 1-888-258-8842. Report forest fires by calling 310-FIRE (3473).