Lightning sparks pair of blazes


Eight new fires were confirmed in the Northwest Region by the end of yesterday, including three here in Fort Frances District.
Three others were located in Thunder Bay District, with the remaining two in Sioux Lookout District and Nipigon District respectively.
Fort Frances Fire #7 was reported by Obikoba Lake, west of Highway 502 about 20 km north of town.
It is now “out” at 0.1. hectares.
Meanwhile, Fort Frances Fire #8 was reported across the lake from the public landing on Nym Lake, about 15 km southeast of Atikokan.
The lighting-caused fire is classified as “beng held” at 0.3 ha.
And Fort Frances Fire #9 was reported at the very north end of Quetico Park.
It is classified as “being held” at 0.3 ha.
Of the three new fires in Thunder Bay District, two were reported as railway fires occurring in multiple spots along the tracks.
Thunder Bay Fire #28 is located near Murillo while is Thunder Bay Fire #29 is near Sunshine.
Both fires were actioned by joint efforts of local municipalities and Ministry of Natural Resource FireRangers.
The third fire, Thunder Bay Fire #30, is located on an island on Brennan Lake in Wabakimi Provincial Park.
It currently is classed as “not under control” at 0.5 ha in size, with an outpost camp in close proximity.
The total number of fires to date since the beginning of the fire season is now 124, consuming 1,402 ha.
The Northwest Region currently is experiencing a “high” fire hazard.
The public is reminded to use safe burning guidelines. All fires must be attended and put dead out before leaving.
No day burning of brush or grass is allowed. Chipping and composting are good alternatives.
Report forest fires by calling toll-free 310-FIRE (3473).