THUNDER BAY – There were two new forest fires confirmed by the late afternoon of June 28.
- Dryden 11, is now out at 0.1 hectares.
- Red Lake 36, located east of Manitou falls, is not under control at 1 hectare.
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 now being held at 71.6 hectares.
- Red 14 near Pikangikum is under control at 3,835 hectares.
- Red 17 northeast of Trout Lake is under control at 6,507 hectares.
There are currently 13 active fires in the region. One fire is not under control, two fires are being held, four fires are under control and six fires are being observed.
Fire hazard for the Northwest Region
The forest fire hazard ranges mostly from high to extreme, with the areas of most concern situated along the Manitoba border and over to the Kenora, Dryden and Fort Frances districts.
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
Prepared by Shayne McCool