Forest Fire Situation Update: Northwest Region – July 31, 2017

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MNRF Aircraft at the Dryden Fire Base at the Dryden Municipal Airport
MNRF Aircraft at the Dryden Fire Base at the Dryden Municipal Airport
MNRF Water Bomber at Pickle Lake Airport
MNRF Water Bomber at Pickle Lake Airport

Sixty Five Active Wild Fires

by Jamie Scrimger

THUNDER BAY – WILDFIRE  – Time of Report 16:10 – The hot weather is making its presence known in the region. There are 65 active fires in the Northwest Region as of the afternoon of July 31 with more reports being investigated at the time of this update. These fires are located in the Red Lake, Thunder Bay, Nipigon, and Sioux Lookout districts. Most of these fires remained small and fire crews are making good progress on active fires. Many of these fires will be monitored as they are located in remote areas and pose no hazard to the public.

The forest fire hazard is moderate to high across the region.  Unsettled weather is expected over the next couple days, but rainfall will be scattered and light. This will assist with suppression efforts, but will only reduce the fire hazard temporarily.

Out of Province Deployment

  • Currently there are over 400 staff supporting the province of British Columbia in their fire management efforts
  • Over 100 personnel are scheduled to return to Ontario today after completing their deployment in British Columbia.
  • Ontario expects to reduce the number of resources available to British Columbia in coming days due to the increasing fire activity in our province.

To see a complete list of fires across the province click on the interactive map. You can also get the latest update on the condition of any fire by clicking the fire icon.

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