THUNDER BAY – WEATHER – There were two new fires reported in the Northwest Region between June 6 and the evening of June 8, both fires were human-caused and both have since been declared out.
One started June 7 in the Dryden District, a 0.5 hectare fire located near Sundial Lake about 15 kilometers north of Dryden. The other, reported on June 8 was a Nipigon District fire located about eight kilometers southeast of Long Lac along the railway. There were no problems reported with these fires.
Red Lake District continues work on their fourth fire of the season. Located about 20 kilometers southwest of Red Lake, the fire startedJune 4 and grew to a size of 95 hectares before aggressive ground crew and heavy waterbomber attack slowed its advance. It was classed as being held on June 7. Over the weekend this fire received over 15mm of rain, helping crews make excellent progress on the ground as they continue to consolidate hoselines. The fire is exhibiting minimal fire behaviour meaning it is smouldering with little to no open flame.
Anticipated for this week, is a infrared scan of the fire’s perimeter to identify hot spots. The investigation in to the cause of this fire is ongoing.
Scattered thunderstorms are part of a storm system approaching from the west which may bring high winds, lightning and isolated heavy down pours of rain to northwestern Ontario.
Currently, the large majority of northwestern Ontario is sitting at a low to moderate forest fire hazard with a pocket of high hazard in the far north portion of the Red Lake District.
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,
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.