Saturday, November 22, 2014

Forest fire hazard creeping up here

There were six confirmed fires in the Northwest Region between Monday and yesterday evening in the districts of Fort Frances, Sioux Lookout, and Thunder Bay.
Two were lightning-caused, marking the transition to both human- and lightning-caused blazes.

The forest fire hazard continues to rise across the region, with “high” to “extreme” hazards in the southern sectors.
Moderate to strong winds are forecast for northern sectors ahead of a storm system moving in from the west, with possible thunderstorms tracking east later this afternoon or tonight.
This may drop the fire hazard in some areas of the region, but caution is needed as it may rebound after the rain passes.
At this time of the year, fire hazards are linked to dead grass and vegetation from the winter before full-green new growth has occurred.
Fires can spread quickly and show significant behaviour in the dead vegetation.
In related news, a waterbomber package that was dispatched on the weekend to northern Saskatchewan has returned to Ontario.
As well, Ontario provided quick-strike air support to Minnesota on Wednesday with two waterbombers and a Birddog, with an Air Attack Officer, to help fight a forest fire there.
People are reminded to keep their campfire small, have water nearby, and never leave it unattended.
Once you are finished, make sure to put it out.
For tips on how to be FireSmart and ensure your campfire is safe, visit www.ontario.ca/fireprevention
Report forest fires by dialing 310-FIRE (3473).

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