11 new fires reported

With the fire hazard remaining “high,” 11 new forest fires had ignited in the region by the end of yesterday, the Ministry of Natural Resources’ regional fire management headquarters reported this morning.
One fire of note is Sioux Lookout #97—currently a 40-hectare blaze located 30 km west of Savant Lake.
Aggressive initial attack was carried out by ground and air with multiple CL-415 waterbombers and FireRanger crews responding.
Thunder Bay District also was busy yesterday, with a fire in the Armstrong dump burning slash piles and construction debris which spread to standing timber.
A second fire—this one caused by lightning—was reported north of Armstrong. No problems were anticipated with this fire.
Meanwhile, Red Lake, Sioux Lookout, Kenora, and Nipigon districts also responded to new fires yesterday.
“We are kind of easing out of the thunderstorm season, so a number of these fires are human-caused, whether it’s residential, recreational, or industrial,” MNR information and marketing specialist Deb MacLean said this morning.
“We really want to get the message out that the hazard is definitely still receptive to any kind of open fire, spark, or ignition source. People have to be really careful,” she stressed.
The Northwest Fire Region has exceeded the 1,000-fire mark for the season (it’s at 1,015 to be exact), although the number of hectares burned is below previous years at 18,236.9 ha.
This is credited, in large part, to the successful initial attack record of the detection, fire crews, and air attack program which focus on getting fires under control quickly, said MacLean.
In related news, several fire personnel from Ontario, including Fort Frances, remain in Montana to help with the ongoing forest fire situation there.