May 09, 2018 – Forest Fire Situation Update Northwest Region

Forest Fire Report

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

Time of Report 17:03

Northwest Region

There were two new fires confirmed in the Northwest Region by the afternoon of Wednesday, May 9. Red Lake Fire number 12, located just west of North Spirit Lake First Nation is 5.5 hectares in size. Red Lake Fire number 13, at 0.2 hectares, is located near Pikangikum First Nation

There was eight new fire starts in the Red Lake and Kenora Districts over Tuesday, May 8.

The forest fire hazard is high in the Kenora and Red Lake Districts. The remainder of the region is under a low to moderate forest fire hazard.

Performing yard clean-up?

Consider chipping or composting brush or grass before burning. If you must burn, make sure you know the rules and follow Ontario’s outdoor burning regulations to ensure you burn grass and woody debris safely.

If you’re planning to perform any outdoor burning, make sure you have tools and water on-hand to put your fire out; and never leave it unattended.

Fires are to be started no sooner than two hours before sunset and extinguished no later than two hours after sunrise. To familiarize yourself further with Ontario’s outdoor burning regulations, visit our website at Ontario.ca/forestfire.

Residents of municipalities should also check any local bylaws that may be in effect prior to burning.

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

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Report prepared by Chris Marchand