Northwestern Ontario Wild Fire Update – June 22 2015

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Forest Fire Report

THUNDER BAY – WILD FIRE UPDATE – There were three new fires confirmed by the afternoon of June 21. Red Lake District Fire Number 20 is not under control at 0.5 hectares and is located near Old Shoes Lake. Red Lake District Fire Number 21 is being held at 0.1 hectares and is located near Sparling Lake. Red Lake District Fire Number 22 is not under control at 2.0 hectares and is located near Little Vermilion Lake. Crews on Red Lake District Fire Number 17 continue to work the southern flank of the fire.

Several fires are being monitored across the north in the Red Lake, Sioux Lookout and Nipigon Districts. A reconnaissance flight was undertaken today to re-assess these fires. Nipigon District Fire Number 18 was a monitored fire in the far north of Nipigon District and has been declared out at 5 hectares.

The forest fire hazard is low across the southern sectors of the region and high to extreme in the far north. Rain is in the forecast for the next few days.

Out of Province Fire Crew Deployment

Ontario continues to support Alberta forest fire fighting efforts with personnel and equipment. There are 54 personnel in Alberta including Type 1 FireRanger crews, Strike Team Leaders and Agency Representatives.  Ontario is also providing pump kits and almost 3,000 lengths of fire hose.

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).