A warm, dry spell has boosted the fire hazard to extreme, prompting the Alberton, Chapple, Emo and La Vallee Fire and Emergency Service to reinstate a Total Fire Ban.
“It is critical that anyone planning to burn always check the current hazard rating as it is updated on a regular basis, based on real-time data,” the Emergency Service stated in a public release.
The hazard level can be checked online at emo.burnpermits.com, or by calling into the automated number on your permit, which must also be done to activate your permit prior to every burn.
The fire situation in the region is also heating up. Five new fires were discovered in the Northwest Region on May 19.
-Red Lake 2 is located near Pikangikum First Nation. The 0.4 hectare fire is under control.
- Thunder Bay 12 was discovered near Hwy. 589 and Stonehill Rd. and is now out.
- Kenora 13 is located on Wabaseemoong Independent Nation. The 1.5 hectare fire is not under control.
- Red Lake 3 is located approximately seven kilometres southeast of the remote community of Poplar Hill. The 2.5 hectare fire is not under control and received aerial suppression from water bombers throughout the afternoon.
- Red Lake 4 is located at Pikangikum First Nation. The 0.2 hectare fire is not under control.