Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Fire scene staying quiet so far

Just seven fires have been reported in the Northwest Region since the official opening of the fire season April 1.
These occurred in the districts of Kenora, Nipigon, Sioux Lookout, and Thunder Bay, with a total area burned of three hectares.

The forest fire hazard remains “low” across most parts of the region, with some “moderate” hazards in the southern sectors.
Spring training has been a priority for Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services staff as they prepare for forest fire activity in the region.
FireRangers are completing courses in first aid, fire behaviour and skills training, safe chainsaw management, and helicopter hover exit training to name a few.
CL-415 heavy waterbomber pilots, air attack officers, and detection aircraft have been doing flight training.
In related news, a low complexity prescribed burn was conducted in and around the First Nation community of Wabaseemoong in Kenora District.
The objective of this burn was hazard reduction in grassy areas along travel corridors and swamps.
Favourable conditions allowed for about 70 percent of the planned area to be burned.
The remaining 30 percent did not occur as weather changes were not within the prescribed conditions for burning.
The burn occurred over a period of four days and 79 hectares were torched.
It involved Kenora FireRangers, overhead staff, and a community fire officer from Wabaseemoong.
In addition, two Type 2 crews participated.
The fire is now out.
People are reminded that under the Ontario Forest Fires Prevention Act, they are responsible for safe outdoor fire management and must follow guidelines for burning brush and grass.
As well, campfires are to be tended at all times and put out before leaving.
For more information about the current fire situation and the active fires map, visit www.ontario.ca/fireprevention
Report forest fires in the Northwest Region by calling 310-FIRE (3473).

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