Northwest Region Wildfire Update: Steady Conditions Promote Safety

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Wildland Forest Wildfire Update

THUNDER BAY — On September 8, 2023, at 5:32 PM CDT, the Northwest Fire Region provided its latest update on the wildfire situation in the region. The report indicates a favorable scenario as no new fires were confirmed in the Northwest Region by the late afternoon of September 8.

Recap of the Previous Discovery: Fort Frances 46

A single new fire had been discovered in the evening hours of September 7, as outlined in the previous update. Named Fort Frances 46, it is located near Kasakokwog Lake in Quetico Provincial Park, situated approximately 22 kilometers southwest of Atikokan. This fire initially covered an area of 0.1 hectare; however, it has since been successfully brought under control.

Current Wildfire Overview

As of the latest report, there are 23 active fires in the Northwest Region. Among these, two are being held, seven are under control, and 14 are currently being observed. This balanced distribution of fires reflects the diligent efforts of firefighting teams in the region.

Fire Hazard Assessment

The overall assessment of the wildland fire hazard in the Northwest Region remains positive, with most areas registering as low risk. There are sporadic pockets of moderate fire hazard noted in the Fort Frances and Red Lake sectors, warranting continued attention and monitoring.

Supporting Safe Practices

In line with seasonal changes and as we transition into fall conditions, Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services emphasize the importance of exercising caution during outdoor burning activities. To promote safe disposal of yard waste and woody debris, alternative methods such as composting or utilizing local landfills are encouraged. However, for those circumstances where burning is necessary, it is crucial to adhere to Ontario’s Outdoor Burning Regulations.

Key regulations include igniting fires no sooner than two hours before sunset and ensuring they are fully extinguished no later than two hours after sunrise. Adequate tools and water resources must be on hand to contain the fire at the site. Knowledge of these rules for safe outdoor burning is vital, and the complete set of Outdoor Burning Regulations is readily accessible for reference.

Community Vigilance

The Northwest Region acknowledges the vital role that community vigilance plays in fire prevention and containment efforts. Residents are encouraged to remain informed and prepared, particularly by monitoring the fire hazard conditions in their specific areas.

Reporting Wildland Fires

Lastly, the Northwest Fire Region encourages the public to promptly report any wildland fires. To report a wildland fire located north of the French and Mattawa rivers, please dial 310-FIRE. For forest fires situated south of the French or Mattawa rivers, please dial 911. Timely reporting is instrumental in facilitating swift response and effective management of wildfires in the region.

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