Fire scene heating up


The forest fire situation in Northwestern Ontario is intensifying rapidly, with 28 new fires reported in the past couple of days.
Five new fires were reported in the region by the end of yesterday, including four in Red Lake District and one in Thunder Bay District.
By day’s end on Tuesday, a total of 23 new fires had been confirmed, with two of these in Nipigon District and the rest in Red Lake District.
Lightning continues to be the main cause of these fires, which is a normal trend for Northwestern Ontario during the summer, said the Aviation, Forest Fire, and Emergency Services division of the Ministry of Natural Resources.
There are 43 active fires in the region, with the bulk of them in the Red Lake, Sioux Lookout, and Nipigon districts.
There are none in Fort Frances District.
Meanwhile, the forest fire hazard for Northwestern Ontario is “high” to “extreme,” and is expected to remain there for two days, according to the MNR.
Rain is in the forecast towards the end of the week, which is forecast to enter the region to the northwest.
This will help ease the fire hazard as rain crosses the region. But until it arrives, the hazard will remain “high” to “extreme.”
People are reminded to use extreme care with all of their outdoor fires and to check with local officials if they are living in a municipality.
In related news, smoke is drifting into the Northwest Region from fires burning in Manitoba and the Northwest Territories.
The drift of the smoke depends on wind direction and weather patterns.