MNR declares emergency in Nipigon

An Emergency Area Order (EAO) is now in effect in the area around Nipigon District Fire #20—a blaze currently covering more than 10,000 hectares of land.
Under this EAO, all travel on the Ogoki Road north of the junction of the Abamasagi Lake Road is restricted unless authorized by a travel permit issued by the MNR in Nipigon District.
Nipigon Fire #20 was first reported Monday morning. It is located about 40 km northeast of the northern tip of Lake Nipigon and 90 km northwest of the town of Nakina.
The MNR dispatched FireRanger crews and air tankers to initially battle the blaze. Strong winds and dry fuel conditions resulted in rapid spread rates despite the best efforts of fire crews and air tankers.
A Type One MNR Incident Management Team has been assigned to the fire and firefighting resources are mobilizing to fight it. FireRanger crews have been placing sprinkler systems on cut wood and on buildings in a harvesting camp north of the blaze.
Ignition specialists also are doing aerial attack on the fire by setting back burns designed to slow or redirect the main fire.
In related news, the forest fire hazard is on the rise across Northwestern Ontario, with some areas listed as “high to extreme.”
The MNR is encouraging everyone to use extreme caution with all outdoor fires. Consider postponing burning, and use camp stoves instead until conditions are safer.
A total of 10 active fires have been reported in the West Fire Region, consuming 10,032.1 ha.
Fort Frances District currently has one 0.1 ha fire burning. It has seen a total of six fires since April 1, which consumed a total of 8.7 ha.
The fire hazard here is listed as “low to moderate.”
Dryden currently has three active fires, covering 12.4 ha, while there is a single 0.1 ha. burning in Red Lake District.
Sioux Lookout District is experiencing a single fire measuring one ha, with Thunder Bay District reporting two active fires, burning more than 11 ha.
Kenora District had no active fires at last report.
To report a forest fire in Northwestern Ontario, call 1-888-284-3473.