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One new fire probed

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One new fire in the Northwest Region was investigated by fire personnel between Sept. 29 and Oct. 3.

Nipigon Fire #40 was located on an island about six km southwest of Longlac.

The 0.1-hectare blaze was reported by a person out kayaking and fire personnel responded.

It is now “out.”

Meanwhile, two fires remain active in the region.

Fort Frances Fire #21, a 0.1-ha island fire located about 70 km north of Fort Frances on Asheigama Lake, still is listed as “being monitored.”

And Nipigon Fire #39, a lightning-caused island fire located near Fluor Island on Lake Superior, is listed as “under control” at 0.2 ha in size.

The forest fire hazard is “moderate” across most of the region, with some areas of “high” hazard.

In related news, ignition started yesterday afternoon on a prescribed burn.

The Garden Lake high-complexity slash pile prescribed burn, located in the Black Spruce Forest, is a co-operative venture between Resolute FP Canada Inc., the Thunder Bay MNRF District, and the Thunder Bay Fire Management Headquarters.

Burning will be carried out on slash piled along Highway 811 (more specifically, the Almon Road, Grew Road, Smart Road, and Roaring Road systems).

This project provides the opportunity to recover productive land with the reduction of roadside slash debris and old un-merchantable log decks that remain at various locations in the forest.

The method of fire application will be through the Northern Helitorch (aerial ignition) in areas not accessible by roadway, and hand-held drip torch (ground ignition) in areas that are road accessible.

During ignition operations, helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) will be in operation in the area.

Access to the burn areas will be restricted to authorized personnel during ignition and for the duration of the burn.

It will take roughly three days to ignite the piles.

After ignition, slash piles will remain in smoldering condition and will be monitored until fully consumed.

Some smoke may be visible from Highway 527 during the burn.

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