Rain Drops Fire Hazard to Low

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Timmins Forest Fire #9
Forest fire season is on - image is from Timmins Forest Fire #9 - Photo from MNR

Fire Update
THUNDER BAY – FIRE REPORTING – Heavy rain from storm systems that tracked across the Northwest Region between May 30 and June 01 reduced the forest fire hazard to low in the southern sectors including Fort Frances, Dryden, and Thunder Bay and along the north shore of Lake Superior.

However, the forest fire hazard is moderate to high along the Ontario/Manitoba border, including the Red Lake sector as well as the Sioux Lookout sector. The forest fire hazard is also moderate to high in the Far North where there has been little precipitation.

There were two confirmed fires in the Northwest Region between May 30 and the evening of June 01 in the districts of Nipigon and Thunder Bay. No problems were encountered with these fires and they are now out.

There was one new fire reported in the Thunder Bay District on May 31. Thunder Bay District Fire Number 10 was a small fire in grass and timber at the community of Gull Bay First Nation on the west side of Lake Nipigon. It was declared out at 0.1 hectares in size on June 1.

There was one new fire reported in the Nipigon District on May 30. Nipigon District Fire Number 8, located about six kilometers southwest of Schreiber was a 0.3 human-caused grass fire that was put out by the Schreiber Fire Department.

Sioux Lookout District conducted a successful prescribed burn on three islands on Lac Seul on May 30. The prescribed burn will renew the ecological health on the islands and will encourage Woodland Caribou habitat.

Sioux Lookout District conducted a successful prescribed burn on islands on Lac Seul which will benefit ecological health on the islands.

Be FireSmart – Build a safe campfire. Keep your campfire small, have water nearby and never leave it unattended. Once you are finished, make sure to put it out.

For tips on how to be FireSmart and ensure your campfire is safe, visit www.ontario.ca/fireprevention

Report forest fires in the Northwest Region and the Northeast Region (for areas north of the French and Mattawa Rivers) by dialing 310-FIRE
(3473). Southern region forest fires can be reported by calling the local fire department.