THUNDER BAY – ENVIRONMENT – There was one new fire confirmed in the Northwest Region by the afternoon of August 3. Red Lake District Fire Number 20 is not under control at 0.1 ha and is located near Sydney Lake. Two other fires remain active in the region. Sioux Lookout District Fire Number 11 is under control at 0.2 ha and is located on an island on Pashkokogan Lake.
Red Lake District Fire Number 17, located in Woodland Caribou Park is being monitored and is 152 ha in size. Nipigon District Fire Number 15 and Red Lake District Fire Number 19 have been declared out.
The degree of concern for fire behaviour is low to moderate for the region.
Northeast Regional Synopsis
There are two fires currently active in Cochrane and are being observed. Cochrane 11 is now out at 0.3 hectares (ha). Sudbury 46 is out at 0.1 ha, as is Sault Ste. Marie 12 at 0.1 ha.
To date this season, 133 fires have been confirmed, burning a total of 4,079.7 ha of land.
Out of Province Deployment
There are now 481 personnel from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry on assignment in Alberta (107), British Columbia (263) and the Northwest Territories (111) to assist in
ongoing forest fire management efforts.
Rotation of resources is now occurring. Today, a total of 150 Fire Rangers and overhead personnel are scheduled to return from Alberta and the Northwest Territories. Three Incident Management Teams from Ontario are on assignment in British Columbia and the Northwest Territories.
Ontario has also provided equipment including 400 power pumps, 2,000 lengths of hose and two values protection units to British Columbia.