THUNDER BAY – Hot humid weather in the region is not fully impacting forest fire danger. The Ministry of Natural Resources report, “The forest fire hazard is low and moderate for most of the region, a pocket of high in the Far North portion of the Sioux Lookout District”. As of July 16 no new fires had been confirmed.
The MNR reports that “Good progress continues to be made on active fires in the region. Currently, there are 26 fires being monitored, 5 fires listed as Under Control and only 2 fires listed as Not Under Control”.
No Forest Fire Problems in Northwest
There are no problems anticipated with any active fire in the region at this time and no communities are threatened by forest fires at this time. There is a fire near to Pikangikum First Nation that has residents and the Chief and Council keeping abreast of the fire conditions. Currently the fire is about 30 kilometers away from the First Nation community. It is a 16,500 hectare fire burning out of control southwest of Pikangikum. “We do have plans on how we will address certain procedures should this fire continue burning the way it is right now,” shared Chief Dean Owen.
Numerous lightning strikes were recorded across the region on July 16 as thunderstorms and erratic weather roam the area.
These fresh lightning strikes may result in new fires in the upcoming days.
Red Lake 31 remains a priority fire in the region. This fire is now estimated to be 18,587.0ha. This fire received 10 millimetres of rain overnight and this has helped crews further establish hoselines on the flanks of the fire. The Type 1 Incident Management Team assigned to this fire will transition with an incoming Type 1 Incident Management Team in the next few days. Over 50 FireRanger Crews remain on this fire.
To ensure public safety, be very cautious with any open flame and make sure your campfire is dead-out before leaving! Report Forest Fires by calling 310-FIRE (3473)