Six fires declared ‘out’


Four new fires were reported in the Northwest Region by yesterday evening, including three in Sioux Lookout District and one in Red Lake District.
But the Ministry of Natural Resources also said progress has been made on existing fires, with six declared “out” in the districts of Kenora (one), Nipigon (one), and Red Lake (four).
Infrared scanning is being conducted on fires in the region with suppression personnel. This scanning helps track hot spots invisible to the human eye.
The hot spots are mapped, with firefighters then tracking them down and putting them out. This is an ongoing process until there are no hot spots left on the fire.
Aerial reconnaissance continues over the northern fires in Red Lake District.
Fires that are listed as “being observed” are reported as still active, but with minimal wind.
Fires with fire suppression personnel on them are showing smouldering behaviour.
Northern fires in the Sioux Lookout and Nipigon districts also are being assessed by fire specialists flying overhead.
Meanwhile, fire detection aircraft continue to patrol the region looking for smoke in areas where lightning strikes have been tracked.
Storm systems have resulted in heavy rain across most of the southern portions of the region, with light or scattered rainfall in the north.
The forest fire hazard is “low” in the south and “moderate” in the north.

The weather forecast was calling for sunny skies today, along with low relative humidity and temperatures in the mid-20s C.
But by nightfall, more rain is expected in the region. This shift in weather is predicted to reduce the number of new fire starts.