More forest fires ignite across region

The Northwest Region Fire Management Program responded to three new fires yesterday, bringing the total of active blazes to 14.
The new fires responded well to initial attack suppression efforts through the day, however, and no problems are anticipated with the new starts.
Two of the new fires were located in Sioux Lookout District while the third was located in Nipigon District.
Light rain and thunderstorms tracked across Northwestern Ontario yesterday, resulting in more than 5,000 lightning strikes to the area.
Though the light rain will reduce the forest fire hazard temporarily, the hazard is expected to quickly rebound.
Firefighters will remain on high alert as a return of dry weather, which is forecast later in the week, is expected to bring with it a number of new lighting-caused forest fires.
The Restricted Fire Zone across Northwestern and Northeastern Ontario remains in effect. No outdoor fires are allowed.
The light rain and cooler temperatures have allowed firefighters to make excellent progress on the ongoing fires in the Northwest Region.
The MNR continues to work on a number of significant blazes, including Sioux Lookout Fire 11, Thunder Bay Fire 37 and 39, and Nipigon Fire 26.
Light drizzle was occurring on Sioux Lookout Fire 11 by yesterday afternoon.
Values protection and the community protection plan for Savant Lake continued to be established throughout the day.
An aerial ignition team is assessing options for backburn operations on the fire, and fire crews have been working hard establishing hose lines on the northeast section of the blaze.
Eleven people were moved out of Saugeen First Nation on Sunday in a phase one partial evacuation due to smoke concerns.
Thunder Bay Fire 37 currently is estimated at 11,426 ha in size. Current fire suppression operations are focusing on directing the fire to natural boundaries such as lakes, swamps, and rivers.
This is being accomplished through the use of bulldozer lines and aerial ignition.
Values protection equipment proved highly-successful on Sunday evening as roughly 40 structures on Red Pine Island in Saganaga Lake were protected from the advance of the fire.
And the change in weather allowed firefighters to make some excellent progress on Thunder Bay Fire 39 yesterday.
The fire, which started Sunday afternoon, quickly grew to 800 hectares in size in only a few hours’ time.
An incident management team from British Columbia currently is transitioning onto the fire, and will be assuming command and directing suppression operations.
Due to the volatility of the forest fuels where the fire is burning, cottagers on Decourcey, Eaglehead, Starnes, and Mawn Lakes remained on evacuation alert yesterday.