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Fire hazard ‘high’

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The forest fire hazard across Northwestern Ontario remains “high,” with pockets of “extreme” found in the Thunder Bay and Nipigon districts.

Rain is expected later this week, but the amount of rain and where it will fall is questionable.

Until such time that enough rain has fallen to downgrade the forest fire hazard, Aviation Forest Fire and Emergency Services personnel and equipment will remain on high alert.

One new human-caused fire was confirmed yesterday in the community of Cat Lake. This was Sioux Lookout District’s seventh fire of the year and estimated to be 0.2 ha in size.

It was repoted “out” as of this morning.

Meanwhile, from the six human-caused fires that started over the weekend, only one remains active.

Dryden Fire #10 is “under control” at 2.5 ha.

Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services would like to thank the public for their effective and efficient use of the toll-free emergency forest fire reporting hotline 310-FIRE (3473).

By reporting forest fires quickly and accurately, it increases the response time for resources being dispatched to that fire.

That, in turn, helps FireRangers and air attack to keep that fire to a small and manageable size.

Forested and open areas are very dry and recent fires are showing a depth of burn of 10-20 cm.

Depth of burn is a technical reference to how many centimeters below the ground surface a fire has burned.

When the depth of burn starts getting deeper (i.e., 20 cm or more), FireRangers have to devote more time to a fire ensuring all the hotspots are fully extinguished.

This depth of burn also demonstrates how dry the forest is in some areas.

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