Thursday, November 27, 2014

Fire hazards up and down

Unsettled weather continues in the Northwest Region of Ontario resulting in a mix of forest fire hazards. Hot, humid conditions combined with clouds and storms are triggering thunderstorms, severe at times.
In other locations the forecast is for continued sunshine and drying trends. This will mean that fire hazards will range from “low” to “high.”

Northeastern sectors of the region have had less rain this season and they may tip into “extreme” hazards in some locations.
There were no new forest fires reported Sunday and by yesterday afternoon, only one fire had been reported on an island on Wabigoon Lake in the Dryden District.
Lightning associated with the storm systems that have passed through the region in the past five days may result in lightning-caused forest fires.
There are 464 personnel from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry on assignment in Alberta (108), British Columbia (223), Parks Canada-Alberta (13) and the Northwest Territories (120) to assist in forest fire management efforts.
In addition to the personnel on fire assignment, Ontario is providing equipment including 400 power pumps, two thousand lengths of hose and one values protection unit to British Columbia and a second values protection unit is scheduled to head there mid-week.

Additional resource moves are scheduled for July 22 including more overhead staff and additional Type 1 crews to British Columbia.
For FireSmart tips visit www.ontario.ca/fireprevention
A link to the Ontario Fire Danger Map can be found at www.ontario.ca/forestfire. This map shows the forest fire hazard for the province and is updated daily.

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