THUNDER BAY – WILDFIRE UPDATE – There were no new fires confirmed by the afternoon of June 4 in the Northwest Region. The fire hazard is low across the region except for the far north sectors of Red Lake and Sioux Lookout Districts which have a moderate fire hazard.
Heavy rain and possible lightning is forecast for the region on June 5. All active fires in the region are under control including Kenora District Fire 018; Nipigon District Fire 013; Red Lake District Fire 003; and Thunder Bay District Fire 019.
Outdoor fires are 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
· All Ontario resources have returned from Alberta, and one technical specialist is scheduled to travel to Alberta. There are also 3,000 lengths of fire hose from Ontario in Alberta.
· There is also one technical specialist in Manitoba with the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Center.
· 111 personnel from British Columbia and one logistics section chief trainee from Newfoundland are in Ontario
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).