THUNDER BAY – Summer weather will impact our forests taking the fire hazard upward. The Ministry of Natural Resources report, “By June 30 no new fires were confirmed in northwestern Ontario. There were no new forest fires confirmed on June 29. All resources remain on high alert for any new fire starts.
Five fires were called out in the Nipigon District late yesterday which now lowers the number of active fires in the region to just 17.
Forest Fire Hazard High to Extreme
The forest fire hazard is high to extreme for all of northwestern Ontario with the exception of the north shore of Lake Superior where it remains moderate due to localized weather conditions. The steady climb into the extreme range is expected throughout the region over the upcoming week and there is no appreciable precipitation in the immediate forecast. Be very cautious with any source of ignition or flame such as a camp fire, shore lunch, fireworks, hot motors from ATV’s, and heavy machinery.
Reports of forest fire smoke being seen and smelt through northern Ontario continue to be received from the public as hazy skies and that incomparable scent lingers in the air. In northwestern Ontario smoke is drifting into the province from large fires in Manitoba and even as far away as the Northwest Territories. In northeastern Ontario smoke is drifting into the province from large fires burning in Quebec. Until such time there is a significant change in wind direction or weather pattern, smoke will continue to drift.