Rain eases fire threat

the MNR

It was a fairly quiet day in the West Fire Region yesterday.
The far north was under a “high to extreme” forest fire hazard, but that was expected to be downgraded following the expected rainfall last night.
There still are five fires being monitored in the West Fire Region, along with one new blaze near Wunnumin Lake First Nation in the far north.
This fire is 0.2 hectares in size and no problems are anticipated.
In related news, FireRanger crews from Fort Frances, Kenora, Sioux Lookout, and Dryden departed from the Dryden airport yesterday morning bound for Val D’Or, Que.
So far this year, Quebec has faced evacuations, air quality problems, and huge fires.
As of June 9, Quebec has experienced 386 fires burning almost 150,000 hectares of land.
By comparison, Ontario to date has had 594 fires burning 12,327 ha.
In an effort to assist Quebec, Ontario has sent 30 Type 1 initial attack FireRanger (four-person) crews, six sector leaders, two agency representatives, one divisional supervisor, two CL-415 waterbombers, one Birddog aircraft, and one air attack officer.
Through the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre, (CIFFC), resources for wildfire can be imported and exported between all provinces and territories of Canada, and internationally to the USA.

When provinces or territories are experiencing busy fire situations and their resources are spread thin, reinforcements can be ordered through CIFFC and help will come from other provinces and territories experiencing a low fire situation.