Lightning sparks rash of fires


Eighteen new fires were reported in the Northwest Region in the past 24 hours, many of which were sparked by lightning.
Red Lake District saw 10 new fires yesterday, and another two early this morning, while Sioux Lookout District reported three new blazes.
Nipigon District and Thunder Bay District each saw one new fire.
Meanwhile, there were 33 active fires in region as of press time, although none are in the Fort Frances, Dryden, or Kenora areas.
Sioux Lookout Fire #35, the provinces largest blaze, remains “not under control,” the Ministry of Natural Resources reported.
Persistent warm temperatures and lack of rainfall continue to affect fire behaviour.
The blaze has grown to 78,079 hectares, but remains nine km east of Mishkeegogamang at its closest point.
FireRangers concentrated on working the fire perimeter, identifying areas requiring bucket support, and values protection to nearby outposts and mining camps.
An Emergency Area Order remains in effect, with restrictions on travel and use of the Albany River in proximity of the forest fire.

The public is encouraged to call 1-807-738-2837 for detailed information or the Forest Fire Information Hotline (1-888-258-8842).
The fire hazard remains “high-extreme” in northern districts of the Northwest Region, and “moderate” in the southern districts.