April 30, 2018 – Forest Fire Situation Update Northwest Region

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Two USFS BAE-146 retardant air tankers began air attack on Kenora Fire 018 on the afternoon of May 10 as part of a quick-strike agreement between Ontario, Manitoba, the U.S and the Great Lakes Forest Fire Compact.
Two USFS BAE-146 retardant air tankers began air attack on Kenora Fire 018 on the afternoon of May 10 as part of a quick-strike agreement between Ontario, Manitoba, the U.S and the Great Lakes Forest Fire Compact.

April 30, 2018 – Time of Report 16:46

Northwest Region

THUNDER BAY – There were two new fires confirmed in the Northwest Region by the afternoon of Monday, April 30th. Both are small and are located in the Sioux Lookout and Dryden districts.

There were eight forest fires in the Northwest Region over the weekend. These fires were located in the Thunder Bay, Fort Frances, Kenora and Dryden districts. Most of these fires have been declared out or are under control.

Smoke drift from Manitoba may be visible in the Kenora District.

Rain is in the forecast for tomorrow. This is expected to reduce the fire hazard across the Northwest Region. However, depending on the rain coverage, hazards may remain higher in some locations if less rain falls.

Think wildfires are just a problem in the summer?

Think again. Spring is grass fire season and grass fires can be a deadly and destructive menace. Seek alternatives to spring burning by considering composting or using your local landfill. Don’t be the reason behind a spring wildfire this year.

Did you know that it’s illegal to fly a drone within 9 km of a forest fire?

Flying drones around forest fires are dangerous and illegal.

When you fly a drone near a forest fire you can put the lives of pilots, firefighters, and other emergency workers at risk.

Be safe and stay clear of forest fires.

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

Fire numbers and online information:

Report prepared by Jonathan Scott

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