THUNDER BAY – Four new fires were confirmed on August 9. Red Lake District Fire Number 22 is not under control at 2.0 hectares (ha) and located adjacent to Solace Lake. Red Lake District Fire Number 23 is being held at 1 ha and located near Solace Lake. Kenora District Fire Number 13 has been declared out at 0.4 ha and was located near Long Lake.
Thunder Bay District Fire Number 12 has been declared out at 0.1 ha and was located near Shuniah Township.
There were no new fires confirmed in the Northwest Region by the afternoon of August 10. Three monitored fires remain active in the region. Red Lake District Fire Number 17 is being observed at 185 ha and is located in Woodland Caribou Provincial Park. Kenora District Fire Number 12 is being observed at 0.1 ha and is located on an island on Lake of the Woods. Sioux Lookout District Fire Number 12 is being observed at 2.5 ha and is located near Jervis Bay Lake.
The degree of concern for fire behaviour is low to moderate to high across the region. For Sunday August 10, increasing cloud development through the morning will cause showers and Thunderstorms to develop across the Northwest Region. On Monday August 11, general clearing will begin from the west bringing sunshine and seasonal temperatures to the region.
The Kenora Fire District is experiencing issues with residents burning brush during the day. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is reminding residents that no day burning is allowed between April 1st and October 31st. Fires are to be started no sooner than two hours before sunset and must be extinguished no later than two hours after sunrise. Have plenty of water available when having a campfire and make sure it is completely extinguished before leaving the site.
There are now 376 personnel from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry on assignment in British Columbia (214) and the Northwest Territories (162) to assist in ongoing forest fire management efforts.
Ontario has also provided equipment including 430 power pumps, 41 portable relay tanks, 6,000 lengths of hose and two values protection units to British Columbia.