THUNDER BAY – Warmer weather will see the fire hazard ramp up. The fire hazard continues to climb to high and extreme in the northern sectors of the region while rain in the forecast threatens to add to the flooding conditions in the southern sectors.
Flood watch continues for the districts of Fort Frances, Dryden and Kenora.
There were no new fires reported in the region by the early evening of June 26, but three new fires were confirmed in the Northwest Region by day’s end on June 25. They included two in the Red Lake District and one in the Sioux Lookout District.
Sioux Lookout District Fire Number 8 was a challenging fire requiring aggressive ground and air attack to stop its advance. This lightning-caused fire is classed as not under control at 4.0 hectares in size. The remaining fires, except Red Lake Fire Number 4, are being monitored as they burn to natural boundaries in the north and far north. Red Lake 4 is listed as under control at 95 hectares in size. Fire personnel are planning an infrared scan of the fire to ensure all hot spots are out.
This brings the number of active fires in the Northwest Region to six.
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.