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Quiet weekend on fire front

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Despite concerns heading into the weekend of the potential for multiple lightning-caused fires in “moderate-high” forest fire hazards, it was relatively quiet in the Northwest Region.

Two new fires were reported Saturday, both in Fort Frances District, along with a pair by yesterday evening (in Kenora District and Thunder Bay District).

Scattered rain and high relative humidity levels helped ease the hazard.

There currently are four active fires in the region, with one each in the districts of Fort Frances, Kenora, Red Lake, and Thunder Bay.

Fort Frances Fire #26, which started Saturday about 15 km northeast of Mine Centre, is classed as “being held” at 0.6 hectares in size.

Kenora District Fire #64 was reported yesterday afternoon.

Located about 10 km northwest of Minaki, this lightning-caused blaze was spotted by one of the MNR’s aerial detection observers flying on patrol over areas where the lightning locator system had tracked cloud-to-ground strikes.

It was classed as “not under control” at 0.4 ha in size at last report.

Thunder Bay District also is responding to a new lightning-caused fire discovered by an aerial detection observers.

It is located about 25 km northwest of English River, and was classed as “not under control” at 0.5 ha as of yesterday evening.

The weather forecast is calling for some nice days heading into the week. Although rain is in the forecast for Wednesday or Thursday, there will be at least two days of rising fire hazards.

At this time, the hazard is “high” in the west end of the region, “moderate-high” through the central sectors, and “high” in the eastern areas.

In related news, FireRangers across the region are involved with ongoing training, as well as attending public events to promote forest fire prevention.

On Saturday, FireRangers from Nipigon District, along with Smokey the Bear, attended the annual Rainbow Falls Bass Blast kids’ fishing day at Rainbow Falls Provincial Park west of Terrace Bay.

They were on hand to remind the children to be careful with fire and not to play with matches.

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