Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Four fires in north

The northwest sectors of the region were in “high” to “extreme” forest fire hazards this week, with four new fires reported in Red Lake District.
Red Lake Fire #4 proved challenging, requiring ground and air attack.

Located on Medicine Stone Lake about 20 km southwest of Red Lake, the fire was classed as not under control at 95 hectares in size.
This suspected human-caused fire is being investigated.
Four FireRanger crews and four CL-415 heavy waterbombers worked on the fire, which had jump fires coming off the head and flanks and threatened values around the lake, including a tourist lodge.
The aggressive attack slowed the fire’s advance and no values were lost.
Additional crews are to join the firefighting efforts, with a plan to consolidate hose lines around the perimeter and work to put the fire out.
This is expected to take several days.
Small fires also were reported in Poplar Hill, Pikangikum, and Sandy Lake.

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