MNR resources sent out west


There was one new forest fire in West Fire Region over the long weekend—a 0.3 hectare human-caused fire reported yesterday in Sioux Lookout District.
The fire is considered “not under control” at this time.
There also are four fires being monitored in the far north part of the region (three in Sioux Lookout and one in Red Lake) and no problems are being anticipated. The forest fire hazard is “low” to “moderate.”
With the forest fire situation not being too hectic, Ministry of Natural Resources has sent resources west to be utilized by Manitoba, Saskatchewan and British Columbia, although Ontario is always ready to help out other provinces and territories and even the USA when their fire situation escalates beyond their capacity, said the MNR.
The West Fire Region has deployed the following to Manitoba: Five Type One Initial Attack fire crews (four people per crew); one liaison officer; two CL-415 waterbombers; one Birddog aircraft; and two Air Attack Officers.
On Sunday, the region deployed one safety officer; five Type One Initial Attack fire crews (four people per crew); 50 Mark III power pumps; and 20 sprinkler kits to northern Saskatchewan.
That same day, one 20 pack, which is a group of 20 people that will be used for sustained attack on large project fires, was sent to Kamloops, British Columbia, while five Type One Initial Attack fire crews (four people per crew); one 20 pack; five Type 2 incident commanders; three Type 3 incident commanders; three division supervisors; one logistics chief; one fire behaviour specialist; two liaison officers; 28 chainsaw kits; 130 Mark III power pumps and 30 intake hoses; 4,752 lengths of hose were dispatched to Williams Lake, British Columbia.
The fire situaiton in British Columbia is expected to increase and more resources will be sent in the future.