Fire hazard jumps
The forest fire hazard remains “high” to “extreme” in the southern sectors of the Northwest Region, with several new fires confirmed over the long weekend.
One new fire was reported in Fort Frances District on Sunday, although it is now “out.”
This lightning-caused blaze was 0.1-hectares in size and successfully fought by a FireRanger crew out of Fort Frances.
The only active fire locally is Fort Frances Fire #53, which continues to be observed in Quetico Provincial Park.
Dryden Fire #47 is a human-caused fire confirmed yesterday. It was “being held” at 0.3 ha in size as of press time today.
Kenora Fire #98 also was confirmed yesterday. It is a 0.2-ha blaze located on a small island between Firebag Island and North Island on Lake of the Woods.
Thunder Bay District saw a few fires, the most recent being Thunder Bay Fire #65, a lightning-caused blaze reported yesterday and still burning at 0.1 ha in size.
Two new fires also were reported by the end of the day Saturday in the districts of Sioux Lookout and Thunder Bay.
Both were small and brought under control that same day.
The current number of active fires in the region is 22, consuming 56,080.5 ha.
There now have been 568 fires to date, totalling 92,736.2 ha.
To report a forest fire, call 310-FIRE (3473).