Forest Fire Situation Report: Northwest Region July 24, 2017

MNRF Aircraft at the Dryden Fire Base at the Dryden Municipal Airport
MNRF Aircraft at the Dryden Fire Base at the Dryden Municipal Airport

THUNDER BAY – Time of Report 16:20 – Warmer weather is expected to add to the fire hazard across the region over the coming days. 

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry report, there were three  new fires confirmed by the afternoon of July 24 in the Northwest Region but reports are being investigated at the time of this update.

One fire of note in the region is Nipigon Fire Number 009 which is located in the far north. This lightning-caused fire is just over 13,000 hectares in size and is burning to natural boundaries of rivers and streams. FireRangers are doing limited suppression on the southeast area of the fire and have placed sprinkler protection on some remote cabins.

The forest fire hazard ranges from low to extreme with the highest hazard in the northern sectors of the region.

Out of Province Deployment

  • There are currently 432 staff supporting the province of B.C. in their fire management efforts.
  • Ontario plans to deploy over 125 personnel to British Columbia over the next few days.
  • 140 Ontario personnel from the first wave of resources Ontario provided to BC in mid-July are expected to return home late next week.
  • The number of people in British Columbia will continue to change as resources are expected to start coming home next week and Ontario continues to try and fill additional requests for more assistance.
  • Ontario has also provided British Columbia with firefighting equipment including 10 000 lengths of fire hose, 2 structural protection units and over 200 pump kits.

To see a complete list of fires across the province click on the interactive map. You can also get the latest update on the condition of any fire by clicking the fire icon.

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