Fire season fairly quiet: MNR

Although no fires currently are burning in the West Fire Region, the Ministry of Natural Resources is reminding people to be wary when they’re outdoors this week and over the long weekend.
“It’s definitely still on the quiet side,” said MNR fire information officer Deb McLean. “But the fire hazard is on the rise in the west part of the region [Fort Frances District].
“Sunny days, and more winds, have raised it to ‘moderate.’ There’s still plenty of dead grass out there,” she added. “While there is rain in the forecast, we don’t know how much we’ll get.
“And with the long weekend coming up, there may be lots of recreational activity out there.”
McLean noted burning leaves and yard waste during the day is prohibited right now. If anyone wants to do any burning at all, they should contact the local MNR or their fire department.
“And be careful with any open flame,” she added, referring to campfires.
There have been a total of 30 fires in the West Fire Region since the fire season officially started April 1. Fort Frances District has seen a total of four, consuming 1,233.7 ha (mostly due to a large fire north of Rainy River in mid-April).
Dryden District has had three, burning up 0.3 ha., while there’s been two in Nipigon District (0.2 ha).
Kenora District has seen eight fires so far, consuming 3.4 ha., while Thunder Bay District has seen a series of 13 small fires, burning 2.7 ha altogether.
The Red Lake and Sioux Lookout districts have had no fires to date.