Rash of new fires
Six new fires were reported in the Northwest Region by yesterday evening while a total of 10 were confirmed by day’s end Tuesday.
Some of the new fires were classed as human-caused, but most were the result of lightning strikes from storms that tracked through over the past several days.
However, some of these fires were ready to be called “out” by this morning.
The current fire activity in the Northwest includes one in Fort Frances District, two in Dryden District, 10 in Nipigon District, three in the Kenora District, eight in Red Lake District, and three in Sioux Lookout District.
Fort Frances Fire #53, which was confirmed in Quetico Provincial Park on Sunday, continues to be monitored.
The forest fire hazard is forecast to be in the “high”—and even “extreme”—range across the central and southern sectors of the Northwest Region over the next few days.
Rain is forecast for the far north, so that should keep the hazard “low” to “moderate” there.
Warm temperatures and windy conditions are expected to continue into the long weekend.
Firefighting resources are adequate to manage the current fire activity, but the public is reminded to be responsible with all of their outdoor fires.
Preventing human-caused wildfires will support the efforts of Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services personnel who are responding to lightning-caused blazes.
Report forest fires to 310-FIRE (3473).