Thursday, April 17, 2014

Another fire in district

Another new fire was reported in the district yesterday.
Fort Frances Fire #50 is a lightning-caused blaze currently classified as “not under control.”

The 0.2-hectare fire is located east of Nestor Falls and just south of Kishkutena Lake.
Meanwhile, Fort Frances Fire #48 is classified as “being held” at 0.4 ha in size about 60 km north of Fort Frances.
The forest fire hazard remains “high” in the southern sectors of the region, including the Kenora, Fort Frances, Dryden, and Thunder Bay districts.
The rest of the region is in a “moderate” fire hazard.
Fires in the districts of Kenora, Dryden, and Sioux Lookout continue to be monitored as they help restore island ecosystems on Lake of the Woods, Eagle Lake, and Lac Seul.
Meanwhile, a number of northern fires in the Red Lake, Sioux Lookout, and Nipigon districts have been declared “out” following the completion of fire assessments.
This brings the number of active fires in the region down to 23, covering an area of 59,181 ha.
The seasonal total for the Northwest Region is now 523 fires, charring 93,059.8 ha.
Hunt safely
The Ministry of Natural Resources wishes to remind hunters that FireRangers are still working in the bush.
Safety is everyone’s responsibility!
Here are 10 things hunters should be aware of about FireRanger operations:
•FireRangers are briefed on safety precautions to help prevent hunting accidents.
•They wear orange long-sleeved shirts, green pants, and a yellow or red hard hat.
•FireRangers operate in four-person crews, so expect to see more than one person in an area.
•They are trained to handle bear encounters, and will blow whistles to alert other FireRangers of a bear’s presence or to scare the bear away.
•They have access to areas via boat or truck
•They also have access to remote and isolated areas via helicopter or fixed-winged aircraft such as a float plane.
•FireRangers have a good working knowledge of the local area (if you see a FireRanger while hunting, you can ask them where they are working, what area is affected by the fire, or if there are any closed areas).
•They have radio contact with their Fire Management Headquarters and carry satellite phones.
•FireRangers may be camping, cooking, sleeping, and operating equipment in the bush for up to 14 days.
•They can suppress forest fires on both Crown and private land.
While planning your hunting trip, make sure to visit Ontario.ca/forestfire to find out more information and to see a map of active forest fires in Ontario.
The location of these fires may affect your hunting trip.
People are reminded that under the Forest Fires Prevention Act of Ontario, they are to manage their outdoor fires safely.
There has been a rise in human-caused fires in the region, including campfires that have been left burning.
Check out safe fire management guidelines at www.ontario.ca/fireprevention

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