FireRanger crews in the Fort Frances and Kenora districts continue to provide flood protection support, primarily with the placement of sandbags.
Rain continues to fall in the region, resulting in ongoing flood concerns.
This support is provided through co-ordination with district emergency response teams of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.
There are no active fires in the Fort Frances area, but one new fire was confirmed elsewhere in the Northwest Region by yesterday evening.
Kenora Fire #7 was a small blaze about 15 km west of Kenora, which was caused by a tree falling over a power line.
It was declared “out” at 0.1 hectares in size that same day.
Meanwhile, rain is forecast to continue falling across the region, which will affect the fire hazard to varying degrees.
The far north remains an area of concern—consistently reporting “moderate” to “high” hazards.
In the southern sectors, however, it is “low” to “moderate.”
In related news, aerial reconnaissance flights over northern fires on the weekend confirmed they are not threatening any values while two partly have burned to natural lake boundaries.
The fires being monitored include three lightning-caused blazes in Red Lake District (near North Spirit Lake and Sandy Lake), as well as one in Sioux Lookout District near McDowell Lake.
Two fires in the region have received direct suppression.
Red Lake Fire #4 is a 95-hectare blaze now classed as “under control.”
Located about 20 km southwest of Red Lake on Medicine Stone Lake, this is a suspected human-caused fire.
Infrared scanning is being planned to check it for hot spots.
Sioux Lookout Fire #8, meanwhile, is a 5.5-ha, lightning-caused fire near the northwest side of Wabakimi Park.
It is classed as being “held.”