Northwestern Ontario Wildfire Update – June 3 2016

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Forest Fire Report

THUNDER BAY – Wet weather across the region might not make for the best weekend for campers and cottagers along with fishers, but it has had a positive impact on the wildfire situation in the region.

There were no new fires confirmed by the afternoon of June 3 in the Northwest Region.

The fire hazard is low across the region.

  • Red 3 is under control. The fire is showing minimal fire behaviour. Resources are being demobilized from this fire.
  • Nipigon 15 about 11 kilometers East of Lansdowne House in the far north is under control at 145 hectares. This fire should be completely demobilized by tomorrow.
  • Nipigon 13 near the Geraldton airport is under control.
  • Thunder Bay 19 is listed as under control. Resources are being demobilized from this fire.
  • Kenora 18 is under control and is in the process of demobilizing resources.

All travel restrictions on Thunder Bay 19 have been revoked as of 10:00 am on June 3, 2016. Travel is allowed on the Dog River Road and the Pakashkan Road.  The Emergency Area Orders over Red 3, Thunder Bay 19, and Kenora 18 have been revoked as of June 3 at 3 pm local time.

A Restricted Fire Zone that has been in place across Northwestern Ontario, except the far north, has been lifted effective 06:00 p.m. May 30.

  • Outdoor fires are now allowed but people are urged to use caution.
  • There is no daytime burning of brush or grass.
  • Check out ontario.ca/fireprevention for guidelines on safe outdoor fire management.
  • If you live in an organized municipality, check with local officials about bylaws on burning

Out of Province

Ontario provides firefighting resources outside of the province, and when needed brings in resources from other provinces, the territories or the United States.

  • 112 fire response personnel are in Ontario supporting the firefighting effort. They are from British Columbia, and Newfoundland.
  • Two flight coordinators from Ontario have been deployed to the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre in Winnipeg to assist in coordinating national aircraft for interprovincial / international movements of firefighting staff.
  • 79 personnel deployed to Alberta are scheduled to return to Ontario today.

Aircraft flight restrictions over Red Lake fire

There is a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) advisory in place for Red Lake District Fire Number 003 regarding flight operations over the fires, including the Woodland Caribou Provincial Park area west of Red Lake.

Pilots can access the information for the Red Lake advisories here . Aircraft requiring authorization to enter or depart the NOTAM area can contact the following: Red Lake Fire Management Headquarters  – 807-727-2055  Firefighting aircraft are using and monitoring VHF-AM Frequency 122.40 within both restricted flight areas.

For more information about the current fire situation, and the active fires map go to 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).

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