Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Rain dampens fire hazard

No new fires had been confirmed in the Northwest Region as of yesterday afternoon.
Heavy rain from storm systems that tracked across the Northwest Region between May 30 and June 1 reduced the forest fire hazard to “low” in the southern sectors, including Fort Frances, Dryden, and Thunder Bay Districts, and along the north shore of Lake Superior.

However, the forest fire hazard is “moderate” to “high” along the Ontario/Manitoba border, including the Red Lake sector as well as the Sioux Lookout sector.
The forest fire hazard also is “moderate” to “high” in the Far North, where there has been little precipitation.
There were two confirmed fires in the Northwest Region between May 30 and the evening of June 1 in the districts of Nipigon and Thunder Bay.
No problems were encountered with these fires and they are now out.
In related news, Sioux Lookout District conducted a successful prescribed burn on three islands on Lac Seul on May 30.
The prescribed burn will renew the ecological health on the islands and also encourage woodland caribou habitat.

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