MNRF firefighters kept busy over weekend

the MNRF

High humidity, high temperatures, lightning and human-caused fires are keeping firefighters and air attack busy.
Fighting fire is physically and mentally challenging under these conditions and firefighters must be vigilant while working a fire to avoid heat exhaustion and dehydration.
There were six new fires confirmed by the early evening yesterday in the Northwest Region, with five of them occurring in the Nipigon District and one in the Red Lake District.
There were five new fires confirmed Saturday in the districts of Fort Frances, Nipigon and Red Lake.
One fire of note is Red Lake Fire #50, located about 58 kilometers southwest of the town of Red Lake in the Sydney Lake Area.
It was proving difficult to hold and required continuous air attack throughout the day Saturday.
Multiple FireRanger crews are being brought into the fire for ground attack. At the time of this report it was classed as “not under control” at 120 hectares in size.
There were also four new fires by day’s end on Friday including two in Kenora District and two in Red Lake District. One of the Kenora District fires is now “out.”
Thunder Bay District #30, located about 35 kilometers northwest of Armstrong, has been declared “out.”
This 0.5 ha. lightning-caused fire started on June 27 within Wabakimi Provincial Park and was monitored while it renewed the forest ecosystem.
Meanwhile, Ontario is supporting firefighting efforts with 424 fire management personnel to the following provinces and territories: Alberta (154), British Columbia (100), Manitoba (four), Northwest Territories (84), Saskatchewan(50), Parks Canada-Saskatchewan (30), Yukon (two).
There are two air attack packages—each with 2 CL-415 heavy water bombers and a Birddog aircraft—in Alberta and British Columbia.
Each package brings with it aviation support personnel including pilots, air attack officers and mechanics. (14 total)
Ontario is also providing equipment including fire pumps and hose, sprinkler kits, chainsaws and hand tools to Alberta, British Columbia, Parks Canada and Saskatchewan.
The Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services program is reminding people that they are responsible for safe outdoor fire management and must follow guidelines set out in the Forest Fires Prevention Act of Ontario including no day burning of brush or grass fires.
Campfires are to be tended at all times and put out before leaving.
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Report forest fires by calling 310-FIRE (3473).