Saturday, November 29, 2014

Fire scene heats up

Three new fires were confirmed by early yesterday evening in the Northwest Region, with one each in the districts of Red Lake, Sioux Lookout, and Nipigon.
An unconfirmed fire report also was being investigated in Sioux Lookout District.

Meanwhile, six new fires were confirmed over the weekend, occurring in the districts of Kenora, Red Lake, Sioux Lookout, and Thunder Bay.
Some were extinguished within a day. Others are burning in remote locations and will be monitored.
There currently are eight active fires in the region, burning an area of 209.3 hectares.
They have been 96 fires to date, charring 429.5 ha in all.
Given the weather forecast for the next few days, the fire hazard is expected to gradually increase.
As well, lightning strikes were recorded across the region over the past week, making it likely that lightning-caused fires will occur.
A link to the Ontario Fire Danger Map, which is updated daily, can be found at www.ontario.ca/forestfire
In related news, as of yesterday, 377 personnel were on assignment in 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, but additional resources were scheduled to head west today.
Ontario also is providing equipment, including 430 power pumps, 6,000 lengths of hose, two values protection units, and 41 portable relay tanks to B.C.
For “FireSmart” tips visit, www.ontario.ca/fireprevention
Report forest fires by dialing 310-FIRE (3473).

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