Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Three new fires confirmed

Three new fires were confirmed in the Northwest Region over the long weekend, but only one of which continues to burn.
The most recent was Red Lake Fire #21—a lightning-caused blaze confirmed yesterday.

It currently is listed as “not under control” at 0.1 hectares in size.
Meanwhile, Red Lake Fire #20, first confirmed Sunday near Sydney Lake, is now “out” at 0.1 ha.
And Sioux Lookout Fire #11, first reported Saturday afternoon on an island on Pashkokogan Lake, has since been declared “out” at 0.2 ha in size.
Several fires also were declared “out” over the weekend, including Sioux Lookout Fire #10, Kenora Fire #10, Nipigon Fire #15 and Red Lake Fire #19.
The fire hazard is “low” to “moderate” for the region.
A link to the Ontario Fire Danger Map, which is updated daily, can be found at www.ontario.ca/forestfire
In related news, some 481 personnel from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry remain on assignment in Alberta, B.C., and the Northwest Territories to assist in ongoing forest fire management efforts there.
Personnel who have reached the end of their assigned time are returning from B.C. and the Northwest Territories.
On Sunday, a total of 150 Fire Rangers and overhead personnel were scheduled to return from Alberta and the Northwest Territories.
Three Incident Management Teams from Ontario are on assignment in B.C. and the Northwest Territories.
Ontario is also providing equipment to B.C.
For “FireSmart” tips, visit www.ontario.ca/fireprevention
Report forest fires by dialing 310-FIRE (3473).

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