Busy weekend for MNR firefighters

Only one new fire was reported in Northwestern Ontario yesterday. The fire occurred in the Dryden district and has now been declared “out.”
But the West Fire Region saw a significant increase in number new fires starts over the weekend, responding to a total of 25 new fires. All of the fires that occurred over the weekend have now been contained or extinguished thanks to the hard work and quick action of fire response staff.
Meanwhile, Red Lake fire #34 continues to be an active fire in the Northwest. Over the weekend an increase in fire behaviour caused by the volatility of storm and insect damaged forest fuels challenged suppression efforts.
The fire is now 91 hectares in size and is being worked by 13 fire fighting crews. Excellent progress was made yesterday as the fire was responding well to the hard efforts of forest fire fighters.
In related news, 10 Fire Ranger crews and six overhead staff are schedule to return to Ontario today, following a two-week deployment assisting with the forest fire situation in Alberta.
The forest fire hazard across all sections of Northwestern Ontario remains “high.” Use extreme caution with all outdoor flames. Consider postponing burning until conditions are safer, try using a portable gas cook stove instead of lighting a campfire.
By eliminating human caused fires that result from carelessness the Ministry of Natural Resources can focus on responding to new lighting caused fires.
To report a wildfire in Northwestern Ontario, call 1-888-284-FIRE (3473)