Thursday, October 2, 2014

Two more fires declared ‘out’

Two northern fires in Red Lake District were declared “out” yesterday.
Both were lightning-caused blazes that started June 25 and were listed as “being observed.”

They were declared “out” at eight and 10 hectares in size.
There also was a fire in Fort Frances District on Monday that was investigated and confirmed the following day.
Fort Frances Fire #9 is now “out” at 0.1 ha in size.
This leaves just one active fire in the region—a lightning-caused blaze located in the Woodland Caribou Provincial Park in Red Lake District.
It was 60 ha in size at last report and currently is “being observed.”
The forest fire hazard for the Northwest Region was forecast to be mostly “moderate,” with some “low” sections in the south.
But in some locations in the far north of Sioux Lookout and Nipigon districts, it could be up to “extreme.”
This is due mostly to a forecast of high winds.
In related news, almost 600 personnel from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry are on assignment in Alberta, B.C., and the Northwest Territories to assist in forest fire management efforts there.
Ontario also is providing equipment, including 400 power pumps, 2,000 lengths of hose, and two values protection units to B.C.

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