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More fire aid being sent west


Resources are demobilizing from fires in Manitoba, with five four-person FireRanger crews and an agency representative scheduled to return to the West Fire Region today, the Ministry of Natural Resources reported this morning.

Meanwhile, more MNR firefighting resources are being sent to Kamloops, B.C., with a 20-person incident management team having flown out of Dryden today.

MNR information officer Heather Pridham said currently there is one “20-pack” of FireRangers in Kamloops, and 25 Type 1 initial fire attack crews (with each crew consisting of four people) and 19 support staff in Williams Lake, B.C.

In Prince Albert, Sask., the MNR has deployed five Type 1 initial attack crew and one agency rep.

The MNR also is providing equipment to the western provinces, including 130 MK III power pumps and intake hoses, 200 MK III power pump kits, 8,560 lengths of hose, 28 chainsaw kits, and 55 relay tanks.

Requests for assistance for other provinces and territories are co-ordinated through the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre (CIFFC) in Winnipeg.

Sufficient firefighting personnel, equipment, and aircraft remain in Ontario to meet current and forecast fire demands here.

Ontario resources are stationed at several locations in B.C.’s Interior.

In related news, no new fires were reported Saturday or Sunday in the West Fire Region, although two new blazes were reported by day’s end Friday.

Dryden Fire #32 was listed as a 0.1-hectare, lightning-caused fire burning on an island on Wabigoon Lake.

A FireRanger crew travelled to the site by boat and put it “out.”

Meanwhile, Red Lake District received a report of a lightning-caused fire northeast of Poplar Hill on Old Shoes Lake.

Red Lake Fire #43, burning on top of a ridge in moss-covered bedrock, is believed to have been sparked by lightning activity that occurred on Aug. 1.

It is now “out.”

There also was a fire reported in the West Fire Region late Thursday.

Fort Frances Fire #40 was a lightning-caused blaze on an island on Marmion Lake, north of Atikokan.

That fire was declared “out” on Friday morning.

Kenora Fire #37 was another lightning-caused blaze reported Thursday.

Found smouldering on island in the Sioux Narrows area, the 0.1-hectare fire received a response from the Sioux Narrows Fire Department and also is now “out.”

There currently are four active fires in the region—three in Sioux Lookout District and one in Red Lake District—totalling 575.1 ha.

To date, the region has seen 325 blazes, consuming 9,312.7 ha.

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