Forest Fire Situation Update Northwest Region June 27, 2019

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Forest Fire Report

THUNDER BAY – Wild Fire Update – There were five new forest fires confirmed by the late afternoon of June 27.

  • Dryden 10 is not under control at 0.1 hectares and is located north of Feist Lake.
  • Kenora 40 is not under control at 0.1 hectares and is located just north of Umfreville Lake.
  • Kenora 41 is not under control at 0.1 hectares and is located south of Campfire River.
  • Red lake 34 is being observed at 0.2 hectares and is located within the Woodland Caribou Provincial Park.
  • Thunder Bay 13 is not under control at 0.3 hectares and is located north of Silver Lake.

Fires Of Note

  • Kenora Fire Number 37, south of Umfreville Lake, is 17.5 hectares and is being held.
  • Red Lake 30, west of Sandy Lake, is not under control at 71.6 hectares.
  • Red 14 near Pikangikum is under control at 3,835 hectares. Crews continue to search for hot spots identified through infrared scans.
  • Red 17 northeast of Trout Lake is under control at 6,507 hectares. Crews continue to re-enforce existing hose lines and extinguish hot spots identified by infrared scanning.

There are currently 16 active fires in the region. One fire is being held, five fires are not under control, four fires are under control and six fires are being observed.

Fire hazard for the Northwest Region

The forest fire hazard ranges from low to extreme, with the areas of most concern situated along the Manitoba border and over to the Dryden district.

Help prevent forest fires

Adopt safe campfire practices!  Choose the site of your campfire carefully and keep your fire small.  Stay nearby: never leave it unattended.  Put your fire out by drowning it with water.  Be sure that it is extinguished prior to leaving the site.  Stir the ashes with a stick to uncover hot coals and then drown it again.  You can never be too safe.

Consider alternatives to burning brush or yard waste, such as chipping or composting when possible, or saving burn piles for the fall or after the fire season. Use of outdoor fires must follow the outdoor burning rules set out in the Forest Fire Prevention Act of Ontario. Fires are to be started no sooner than two hours before sunset and extinguished no later than two hours after sunrise. Fires should never be left unattended and tools and water should be close at hand to put the fire out. More details on outdoor burning regulations can be found online at Ontario.ca/forestfire

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:

  • Forest Fire Reporting Number – 310-FIRE (3473)
  • Follow us on Twitter: @OnForestFire

 

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