THUNDER BAY – WILD FIRE UPDATE – Damp weather should help lower the risk for wild fires in the region.
There were three new fires confirmed by the afternoon of June 6. Nipigon District Fire Number 13 is not under control at 0.1 hectares and is located near Fort Hope First Nation. Nipigon District Fire Number 14 is not under control at 1.5 hectares and is located near Kasabonika First Nation. Red Lake District Fire Number 15 is not under control at 0.2 hectares and is located near Sandy Lake First Nation. The forest fire hazard is low to moderate in the southern sectors and high to extreme in the north.
Following infrared scanning, Red Lake Fire Number 7 and Red Lake Fire Number 10 have been declared under control. Precipitation is in the forecast for the next few days.
Out of Province
Ontario continues to support Alberta and Yukon firefighting efforts. Currently there are 228 personnel in Alberta along with pumps and hose equipment from Ontario, and 74 personnel in Yukon. On Sunday June 7th, 125 personnel are scheduled to return from Alberta.
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. Campfires are to be tended at all times and put out before leaving.
For further tips on how to be FireSmart, visit ontario.ca/firesmart
For more information about the current fire situation and the active fires map, ontario.ca/forestfire
The Northwest Region Fire Information Hotline is available for general information updates – 1-888-258-8842
Report forest fires by calling 310-FIRE (3473).