Friday, July 31, 2015

Lightning cause of new fire

There was one new lightning-caused fire confirmed in the Northwest Region yesterday.
Sioux Lookout District Fire #19 is a 0.8 hectare (ha) fire that is being monitored in the far north of the district.

There are 13 active fires in the region right now, including four in Sioux Lookout District, one in Thunder Bay District, two in Kenora District, five in Red Lake District, and one in Nipigon District.
There has been 119 fires to date since fire season started on April 1. Altogether, these blazes have consumed 1,008.9 ha.
The forest fire hazard remains “low” in the south but “moderate” to “high” in the central and northern sectors of the region.
Given the current weather forecast, the fire hazard will persist in the “moderate” to “high” range through the central and northern sectors and may even reach “extreme” hazards in the far north.
Meanwhile, there are 474 personnel on out of province dispatch from the Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, with 306 in British Columbia and 168 in the Northwest Territories.
Additional resource moves including overhead personnel, an Incident Management Team and FireRanger crews are planned for BC and the NWT by today, while rotation continues of personnel returning to Ontario as their scheduled deployment ends.
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