Forest fire situation cooling down

While the situation is temporarily cooling off a little thanks to some recent rain, the Ministry of Natural Resources fire season has been busy since officially starting April 1.
Monday saw three new fires (two in Nipigon District and one in Thunder Bay District), making for five active ones in the West Fire Region overall, MNR fire information officer Travis Moffatt said Tuesday morning.
Three of those are in Nipigon District, with the other ones in Kenora District and Thunder Bay District.
Over the weekend, MNR crews responded to 12 new fires starts in the Kenora, Sioux Lookout, Thunder Bay, and Nipigon districts.
But quick action by FireRanger crews and air attack, including waterbombers, resulted in all the blazes being contained to small sizes. They were extinguished by Tuesday.
In related news, Kenora Fire #13, which started April 27 and grew to a size of 16 hectares, is now classified as “under control.” FireRangers continue to work extinguishing any remaining hot spots.
But cloud cover and precipitation over the weekend and on Monday has helped in reducing the fire hazard across most sections of Northwestern Ontario.
The hazard in the West Fire Region ranges from “low” in Fort Frances, Kenora, Dryden, Sioux Lookout, and Red Lake districts to “medium-high” in Thunder Bay and Nipigon districts.
The West Fire region has seen a total of 51 fires consuming 53.9 ha since the MNR fire season began April 1.
This number is slightly high considering at this time last year, there only had been 60 fires having burned 400 ha in the entire province, noted Moffatt.
To report a wildfire in Northwestern Ontario, call 1-888-284-FIRE (3473).