Fire danger eases

The Ministry of Natural Resources reported only one new fire in the region in the past 24 hours—a small blaze in the east end of Fort Frances District.
But this lightning-cause blaze, which was located in the northeast corner of Quetico Park, was declared “out” by the end of the day yesterday.
The number of active fires in Fort Frances District is now 10, covering about 2,024 hectares. All of these fires are located in the Quetico Park area.
The district has seen 86 fires to date, consuming 2,054 ha in total.
Fire information officer Rachel Hill said this morning that the fire situation is “very quiet” right now thanks to high humidity, cooler nights, and light winds. But she warned that could turn around quickly if the winds pick up and the lack of precipitation continues.
Meanwhile, the MNR reported excellent progress has been over the last few days in establishing and consolidating fire control lines on the large fires in the region, including blazes in the Dryden, Nipigon, Sioux Lookout, and Red Lake areas.
The West Fire Region has a total of 52 active fires, burning 16,547 ha. The region has seen a total of 658 fires to date, having consumed 18,238.9 ha.
The fire hazard remains “high” across the entire region.
As reported in yesterday’s Times, the MNR has lifted the Restricted Fire Zone in the far northern sections of the Red Lake, Sioux Lookout, and Nipigon districts.
But it remains in effect in the territorial districts of Fort Frances, Kenora, Dryden, and Thunder Bay, as well as through the southern portions of Nipigon, Sioux Lookout, and Red Lake districts.
The MNR had imposed the fire ban early last week because of minimal rain, continued lightning activity, drought-like conditions, and new forest fires being reported daily.
Likewise, the Emergency Area Order (EAO) implemented over the weekend due to a large forest fire burning in Dryden District remains in effect.
Under it, access on, and use of, Winnange Lake, Teggau Lake, Rogers Lake, and the west arm of Eagle Lake is prohibited in order to ensure public safety and allow for effective fire suppression operations.
Exemptions, for access into the EAO area, may be authorized through a permit issued by Dryden District.
The EAO was put in place in order to ensure public safety and allow for effective fire suppression operations.
To report a wildfire in Northwestern Ontario, call 1-888-284-FIRE (3473).