Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Fire ‘out’

No new fires were reported in the Northwest Region yesterday but another blaze was declared “out.”
Red Lake Fire #18, which started on Tuesday, was “out” at 0.3 hectares in size.

This leaves Red Lake Fire #17 as the only active one in the region.
The lightning-caused blaze currently is listed as “being observed” at 124 ha in size.
Meanwhile, the forest fire hazard is “moderate” to “high” in the southwest, central, and northern sectors of the region.
A link to the Ontario Fire Danger Map, which is updated daily, can be found at www.ontario.ca/forestfire
In related news, almost 530 personnel from the Ministry of Natural Resources remain on assignment in Alberta, 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.
Then on Aug. 1, there will be another dispatch of resources to the Northwest Territories, including two 20-person FireRanger crews and overhead staff.
Three Incident Management Teams from Ontario remain on assignment in B.C. and the Northwest Territories.
Ontario also is providing equipment, including 400 power pumps, 2,000 lengths of hose, and two values protection units to B.C.
For “FireSmart” tips, visit www.ontario.ca/fireprevention
Report forest fires by dialing 310-FIRE (3473).

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