Northwest Region Wild Fire Update – May 10 2015

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Forest Fire Report

Ministry of Natural Resources CL-451 Water Bomber - Photo by Guy Gascoigne
Ministry of Natural Resources CL-451 Water Bomber – Photo by Guy Gascoigne

THUNDER BAY – FIRE UPDATE – There was one new fire reported in the Northwest Region by the afternoon of May 10. Sioux Lookout Fire Number 10 was a small grass fire in Mishkeegogamang. The community Fire Chief and a FireRanger crew from the Pickle Lake Fire Attack Base responded. No problems are anticipated with this fire which is currently 0.3 hectares in size.

The forest fire hazard is low across most of the region with some moderate areas in the northwest sectors in the Red Lake and Sioux Lookout Districts. The hazard is forecast to begin rising in the northwest sector in coming days as the weather clears there. However, it is expected to remain low in the rest of the region.

By day’s end on May 09 there were two new fires in the region including one in the Thunder Bay District west of Upsala and one in the Nipigon District southeast of Schreiber. Both are now out at 0.1 hectares in size.

Between May 6 and May 8 there were 12 new confirmed fires with most occurring on May 6. Once rain and cooler temperatures passed through the region the fire activity dropped.

The Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services program is reminding people that they are responsible for safe outdoor fire management and must follow guidelines set out in the Forest Fires Prevention Act of Ontario including no day burning of brush or grass fires.

Tips on how to be FireSmart can be found at ontario.ca/firesmart

For more information about the current fire situation and to view the active fires map check ontario.ca/forestfire

The Northwest Region Fire Information Hotline is available for general information updates – 1-888-258-8842

Forest Fire Reporting – 310-FIRE (3473).