Fire hazard cooling down

Cooler temperatures and some much-needed rainfall have significantly reduced the fire hazard across Northwestern Ontario to “low” or “low to medium.”
All out-of-province resources and firefighters are scheduled to return to their home bases over the next few days.
As well, FireRangers who have been mobilized for up to three weeks on fire assignments are returning home.
But the extended forecast is calling for a return to drier conditions over the next few days. As a result, the West Fire Region could see a rapid increase in the fire hazard, the Ministry of Natural Resources warned.
The public is urged to use caution with all outdoor fires and practice safe burning techniques.
In related news, six new fires were reported in the West Fire Region over the weekend. Four were caused by lightning while the other two remain under investigation.
Nipigon District responded to five of the new starts and FireRangers there were able to quickly contain the blazes to sizes of 0.1 hectares.
The sixth fire occurred in the east end of Fort Frances District, near Quetico Provincial Park, and also was 0.1 ha in size.
Meanwhile, progress continues to be made on all active fires in the West Fire Region.
Thunder Bay fires #65 and #67 are now classified as “under control,” while Thunder Bay fire #57 is classified as “being held” and is not anticipated to grow in size.
Three managed fires in Quetico Provincial Park were declared “out” on Saturday morning while Nipigon fires #80 and #85 were very quiet over the weekend as they continue to be monitored by the MNR.
There are a total of 28 active fires in the West Fire Region. There have been 423 blazes since the fire season officially began April 1, consuming 26,576.3 ha.
To report a forest fire in Northwestern Ontario, call 1-888-284-3473.

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