Northwestern Ontario Wild Fire Update – June 23 2015

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Forest Fire Report

THUNDER BAY – Wild Fire Update – The wild fire situation is fairly stable across Northwestern Ontario. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry report, “There were no new fires confirmed by the afternoon of June 23.”

“Red Lake Fire Number 17 is now classed as under control. The Red Lake District will start demobilizing crews and equipment from Red Lake Fire Number 17 tomorrow morning. This process will continue over the next few days. Red Lake Fire Number 22 is now classed as under control.

“Several fires are being monitored across the north in the Red Lake, Sioux Lookout and Nipigon Districts. All active fires reported minimal fire behaviour today. The far north has received moderate amounts of rain, which has reduced fire behaviour throughout this sector.

“The forest fire hazard is low in the south and moderate in the north.”

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).