Fire danger cooling down here

The forest fire management program in the northwest region is taking advantage of some cooler weather and rainfall to get more fires put out, as well as to give days off to some firefighters who have been working full out during the recent escalated fire situation.
Services personnel remain busy as they clean, repair, test, and package fire hose, hose pumps, and other forest fire suppression equipment in preparation for new fires.
Although yesterday proved quiet with no new fires reported by late afternoon in the region, the beginning of the weekend was busy with a total of 22 new fires being reported Friday and Saturday.
This brought the number of active fires in the region to 60, including nine in the Quetico Park area in Fort Frances District.
As such, fire personnel across all districts were focused on ensuring any new fires received fast and aggressive response, and that existing ones were brought closer to containment, control, or put out.
As of this morning, there were 49 active fires, with more fires expected to be declared “out” later today. Aerial reconnaissance flights will be conducted to monitor and map fires in remote locations in the far north and within Quetico Park.
Rain has fallen across all parts of the region and the fire hazard currently is “low.”
Most of the fires continue to be caused by lightning, but some human-caused blazes are occurring and are being investigated. One fire of note, Nipigon Fire #186, occurred Friday just one kilometre from Terrace Bay.
Enforcement and fire officials with the Ministry of Natural Resources investigated and confirm that it was a campfire left burning and subsequently turned into a wildfire that required aggressive ground and air attack to contain.
The Greenstone Fire Management Headquarters phone number is 1-807-854-1600 for any members of the public to call who have information regarding the person or persons responsible for leaving this campfire burning.
This fire is now “under control” at 0.8 hectares in size.

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