Sunday, December 21, 2014

Crews battling fires elsewhere

Some 31 personnel from the Ministry of Natural Resources currently are on assignment in the Northwest Territories and British Columbia to assist in forest fire management efforts there.
These personnel are from Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services bases across the province.

They are Incident Management Team members, as well as specialists in areas such as fire behaviour analysis, liaison, and helicopter co-ordination.
There is an eight-person Incident Management Team in the Northwest Territories and a 16-person Incident Management Team in B.C.
Additional resources have been requested and Ontario is organizing for further dispatches later this week.
There were no new fires in the Northwest Region by yesterday evening.
It is quiet in the region, with just three active fires that are being monitored.
Two of these are in the far north of Red Lake District while the one is in the south end of Quetico Provincial Park in Fort Frances District.
Four fires were declared “out” over the weekend.
The fire hazard is “low” in the western half of the region and “moderate” in the eastern sectors following a rainy weekend.
However, the weather is clearing in the west and by mid-week, the fire hazard is expected to be “moderate” to “high” across the region.

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