No new fires over weekend: MNR

No new fires were reported in the Northwest Region over the weekend, the Ministry of Natural Resources said this morning.
The reduction of the forest fire hazard in Northwestern Ontario has enabled the Northwest Region to release out-of-province firefighting resources, as well as provide support to Ontario’s East Fire Region.
In total, there were 255 out-of-province personnel supporting the Northwest Region during the recent escalated fire situation.
Some 205 personnel from British Columbia and Alberta returned home over the weekend while the remainder will be returning home this afternoon.
A total of 13 four-person FireRanger crews and three fire personnel currently are assisting with fire operations in the East Fire Region.
The Northwest Region also has provided two air attack officers, three Birddog aircraft, and six CL-415 heavy waterbombers.
Excellent progress was made on the ongoing large fires in Northwestern Ontario over the weekend. Firefighters continued to patrol fire lines and extinguish hot spots within the fire perimeter.
Thunder Bay fire #37, Thunder Bay fire #39, Sioux Lookout fire #11, and Nipigon fire #26 all are classified as “under control.”
These four are the only active fires in the region.
Since the MNR fire season began April 1, there has been a total of 168 fires in the region, consuming 30,954.7 hectares.
The fire hazard is “low” in all districts, with the exception of Fort Frances and Thunder Bay, where it is “low-medium.”