Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Two fires reported

Two new fires were reported in the Northwest Region between June 6 and the evening of June 8.
Both blazes were human-caused and both have been declared out.

The first started on June 7 in Dryden District—a 0.5-hectare fire located near Sundial Lake, about 15 km north of Dryden.
The other, reported June 8, occurred in Nipigon District about eight km southeast of Longlac along the railway.
No problems were reported with these fires.
Red Lake District, meanwhile, continues work on its fourth fire of the season.
Located about 20 km southwest of Red Lake, the fire started June 4 and grew to a size of 95 hectares before aggressive ground crew and heavy waterbomber attack slowed its advance.
It was classed as “being held” as of June 7.
Over the weekend, this fire also received more than 15 mm of rain, helping crews make excellent progress on the ground as they continue to consolidate hoselines.
The blaze is exhibiting minimal fire behaviour, meaning it is smouldering with little to no open flame.
Anticipated for this week is an infrared scan of the fire’s perimeter to identify hot spots.
The investigation in to the cause of this fire is ongoing.
Currently, the large majority of the region is sitting at a “low” to “moderate” forest fire hazard, with a pocket of high hazard in the far north portion of Red Lake District.
A link to the Ontario Fire Danger Map, which is updated daily, can be found at www.ontario.ca/forestfire
Report forest fires by dialing 310-FIRE (3473).

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