Thursday, April 17, 2014

Fourth fire reported in Quetico Park

There were two new fires reported in the Northwest Region yesterday, with one in the Kenora District on Lake of the Woods and one in the Fort Frances District in Quetico Provincial Park.
The latter is a lightning-caused blaze which is being observed.

The 0.1 hectare fire is one of four fires currently burning in Quetico Provincial Park. The quartet of blazes are the only active fires in the district, which has had 66 fires in total since fire season began April 1.
Seven new forest fires were reported in the region over the weekend with five on Saturday, located in the districts of Dryden, Nipigon and Kenora, and two on Sunday in the districts of Nipigon and Thunder Bay
On Friday, heading into the weekend, Kenora District picked up three fires that were the result of campfires left burning. These shore lunch fires are now “out,” but the public is reminded of their responsibility under the Forest Fires Prevention Act of Ontario to attend their campfire at all times and put it dead out before leaving the site.
As a result of careless handling of these campfires, FireRanger crews had to respond and put the fires out to prevent their spread into wildfires.
Meanwhile, a four-person FireRanger crew from Fort Frannces that has been assisting Minnesota with their firefighting efforts is scheduled to return to Ontario on Thursday.

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