Fire crews starting to return

the MNR

Demobilization plans are underway for 101 Ontario fire staff to return from Alberta.
That leaves 273 personnel there, who also will be returning soon, with no replacements scheduled for dispatch by Ontario.
Since May 16, almost 8,000 person days of assistance have been provided to Alberta.
Now, increasing fire activity and a growing hazard in Ontario are keeping fire personnel in the province.
Support to the Northwest Territories continues, with two Air Attack Officers dispatched from Ontario and one returning.
No new fires were reported in the Northwest Region by early evening yesterday, but aviation and fire personnel were busy throughout the day on active ones.
Fort Frances District continues to monitor two fires in Quetico Park as they are beneficial to the park’s wilderness ecosystem.
As well, Kenora District personnel are still monitoring Kenora Fire #20, a lightning-caused fire burning on an island on Lake of the Woods.
It is being monitored as it is helpful in restoring the ecosystem on the island.
An under story burn also was conducted on the island on Wednesday to aid in this
restoration.
Sioux Lookout Fire #35, meanwhile, is listed at 10,000 hectares in size, which marks a significant increase in recent days.
This lightning-cause blaze is burning in a remote location about 40 km southeast of Pickle Lake.
However, high winds are drifting smoke from the fire quite a distance to communities such as Pickle Lake.
With hot, dry, and windy weather in the forecast, this fire is expected to continue spreading.
But no values are threatened by it, and so it is being monitored as a fire that’s beneficial to the forest ecosystem in the Albany River park area.
And Thunder Bay District reported that great work by air and ground attack resources on Thunder Bay Fire #33 helped slow its advance under extreme burning conditions.
Located about 20 km northeast of Armstrong, this lightning-caused fire is classed as “not under control” at 80 hectares.
Suppression efforts continue on this fire and additional FireRanger crews were assigned to it yesterday.
The fire hazard is “high,” bordering on “extreme” in some areas, and the public is being urged to use caution with all outdoor fires.
Information on safe management of outdoor fires can be found at www.ontario.ca/fireprevention
Fire detection aircraft patrols will be flying over areas with high recreational use such as camping and fishing, watching for new blazes.