Northwestern Ontario Wildfire Update – May 20 2016

514
Forest Fire Report
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry personnel with the Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services Program commenced aerial ignition on Kenora District Fire Number 18 as one more method of attack on this aggressive fire.
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry personnel with the Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services Program commenced aerial ignition on Kenora District Fire Number 18 as one more method of attack on this aggressive fire.

Ontario Deploys More Resources to Alberta

THUNDER BAY – Ontario has deployed another 78 FireRangers and overhead staff to Alberta, which puts the total number of personnel in that province at 165. They were sent out the afternoon of May 18. Ontario also has equipment in Manitoba to aid with values protection. Ontario will retain adequate resources to continue fighting fires in this province while supporting Alberta with additional personnel.

There have been two new fires discovered by mid-afternoon on May 20. Sault 15 covers 2.5 hectares and is not under control. Sudbury 17 is being held at 3.0 hectares. The only other active fire in the region is Wawa 3, which is being held at 3.3 hectares.

The forest fire hazard in the region ranges from moderate to extreme.

Throughout the long weekend and beyond, adopt safe campfire practices!  Choose the site of your campfire carefully and keep your fire small.  Stay nearby: never leave your campfire unattended.  Put your fire out by drowning it with water.  Be sure that the fire is extinguished.  Stir the ashes with a stick to uncover hot coals and then drown it again.  You can never be too safe!

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.

Report forest fires by calling 310-FIRE (3473).

Previous articleSHIFT Announces 2016-2017 Executive and Board of Directors
Next articleTTC Delays Result in Job Losses for Thunder Bay
NetNewsledger.com or NNL offers news, information, opinions and positive ideas for Thunder Bay, Ontario, Northwestern Ontario and the world. NNL covers a large region of Ontario, but we are also widely read around the country and the world. To reach us by email: newsroom@netnewsledger.com. Reach the Newsroom: (807) 355-1862