THUNDER BAY – WILD FIRE UPDATE – There were no new fires confirmed by the afternoon of June 22. Warmer weather and the potential for thunder showers could increase the risk over the next few days.
MNRF report, “Red Lake Fire Number 17 is now classed as being held and suppression work continues on this fire. Crews are working the southern flank of the fire and are making great progress.”
Several fires are being monitored across the north in the Red Lake, Sioux Lookout and Nipigon Districts. Reconnaissance flights were undertaken yesterday and today to re-assess these fires. Nipigon Fire Number 17 has been remapped at 575 hectares. Nipigon Fire Number 23 has been remapped at 1450 hectares. All active fires reported minimal fire behaviour today. The far north has recently received rain.
The forest fire hazard is low in the south and moderate in the north. Rain is in the forecast for the next few days.
Out of Province
Ontario continues to support Alberta forest fire fighting efforts with personnel and equipment. There are 53 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).