THUNDER BAY – WEATHER – There was one new fire confirmed by the afternoon of August 08. Kenora Fire Number 45 is not under control at 0.3 hectares and is located near Canoe Lake.
The forest fire hazard is forecast to be low in areas receiving rain but moderate in the far north.
Out of Province
The out of province deployment of Ontario fire management personnel has ended with all resources returning to Ontario August 07. At this time there are no requests for more resources to assist the west.
Since May, Ontario has provided forest fire management assistance to Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba (Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Center assignments), the Northwest Territories, Parks Canada, Saskatchewan and the Yukon.
A number of deployments through the season to date has resulted in a total of 957 personnel deployed (the total includes people who were on out of province assignment more than once).
The total number of people times the number of days they spent on deployments since May equals 15,646 person days.
Ontario continues to supply equipment including fire hose, sprinkler kits, pumps and chainsaws to Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba (Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Center) and Saskatchewan.
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).