Thursday, July 31, 2014

Fire scene remaining quiet

Flooding continues to be a concern for the southwest sectors of the Northwest Region.
FireRanger crews are assisting with sandbagging efforts in Fort Frances District and public response to their efforts has been positive.

Meanwhile, air attack birddog aircraft and personnel were dispatched, along with CL-415 heavy waterbombers, from the Northwest Region yesterday to provide support on new fires in the Northeast Region.
No new fires were reported in the Northwest Region between June 20 and 22.
There are still three active fires—two in Red Lake District and one in Sioux Lookout District.
Two of the fires are classed as “being observed” while one Red Lake District fire is “under control.”
Infrared scanning of Red Lake Fire #4 is planned, as well as aerial reconnaissance of the monitored fires, once sunny weather returns.
A tentative date for the scan and recon is June 25.
Since April 1, there have been 54 fires in the Northwest Region, charring 186 hectares.
Provincially, there have been 96 fires affecting 383 hectares.
Last year by this time, there had been 255 fires and 23,755 hectares burned.
The 10-year average for the province is 338 fires by this time in the season and 30,738 hectares burned.
The forest fire hazard is “low” across most of the region, although Nipigon District and the northern sectors of Sioux Lookout District are recording “moderate” to “extreme” hazards.

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