Forest Fire Situation Update Northwest Region May 13, 2018

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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

May 13 2018 – Time of Report 18:16 – Eight New Fires

THUNDER BAY – WILD FIRE There were eight new fires confirmed in the Northwest Region by the afternoon of Sunday, May 13. These fires are located in the Kenora, Sioux Lookout, Thunder Bay, Red Lake and Nipigon Districts. Of note, Red Lake Fire Number 20 is not under control at 5 hectares and is located near Pikangikum First Nation. The remaining fires are either being held, under control or are out.

There were 11 new fires confirmed in the Northwest Region by the end of the day on Saturday, May 12. These fires occurred in the following districts: Dryden (2 fires), Kenora (1 fire), Red Lake (4 fires), Sioux Lookout (1 fire) and Thunder Bay (3 fires). Many of these fires are out, under control or being held.

The fire of note yesterday was Kenora Fire Number 26 which grew to 9.8 hectares and required multiple crews and air attack to suppress it.

Fire Hazard High to Extreme

The forest fire hazard is high to extreme across the Northwest Region.

Warm temperatures and sunny skies today are expected to continue to escalate the fire hazard across the region. Residents are advised to follow local burning restrictions and exercise extreme caution with campfires and open burning.

Performing yard clean-up?

Consider chipping or composting brush or grass before burning. If you must burn, make sure you know the rules and follow Ontario’s outdoor burning regulations to ensure you burn grass and woody debris safely.

If you’re planning to perform any outdoor burning, make sure you have tools and water on-hand to put your fire out; and never leave it unattended.

Fires are to be started no sooner than two hours before sunset and extinguished no later than two hours after sunrise. To familiarize yourself further with Ontario’s outdoor burning regulations, visit our website at Ontario.ca/forestfire.

Residents of municipalities should also check any local bylaws that may be in effect prior to burning.

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.

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Report prepared by Jonathan Scott

 

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