Forest Fire Update for Civic Holiday Weekend

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Forest Fire Update

Forest Fire Update

Overall Stable Conditions in Region

THUNDER BAY – WEATHER – The forest fire conditions in Northwestern Ontario are remaining low to moderate in the south heading into the Long Weekend. Further North, the degree of concern is moderate to high.

There was one new fire reported in the Northwest Region by the afternoon of August 1. Sioux Lookout District Fire Number 10 is under control at 0.1 ha and is located in Big Trout Lake First Nation. Two more fires remain active in the region. Kenora District Fire Number 10 is under control at 0.2 ha. Red Lake District Fire Number 17, located in Woodland Caribou Park is being monitored and is 145 ha in size.

For Friday August 1, most of the region will be mainly sunny and dry, except a few patches of clouds with isolated showers lingering in the extreme eastern sectors. The
forecast for Saturday Aug 2 is cloudy conditions with showers and a risk of thunderstorms for most of the region. Up to 10-15mm of precipitation is forecast with local amounts of 20-25mm possible in thunderstorms.

Eastern District Forest Fire Update

Recent precipitation has weakened the fire hazard. The south and central portions of the region are at a low hazard, except for the southwest, Sault Ste. Marie to Eliot Lake area, which is at a moderate hazard. The northeast is seeing a low hazard, while the northwest is at a moderate to high hazard.

Regional Synopsis

There are two fires currently active in Cochrane which are being observed. To date this season, 129 fires have been confirmed, burning a total of 4,079.1 ha of land.

Forest Fire Personnel Out West

There are 564 personnel from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry on assignment in Alberta (107), British Columbia (281) and the Northwest Territories (179) to assist in ongoing forest fire management efforts.

Personnel who have reached the end of their assigned time are returning from British Columbia and the Northwest Territories. Three Incident Management Teams from Ontario remain on assignment in British Columbia and the Northwest Territories.

Ontario is also providing equipment including 400 power pumps, two thousand lengths of hose and two values protection units to British Columbia.