New fires sparked by lightning

Eight new fires were reported in Northwestern Ontario yesterday, all of which were started by lightning—including some from strikes that occurred up to 10 days ago.
Two of these were in Fort Frances District, where the fire hazard is creeping back to “medium-high” levels.
One of these was a 0.3 hectare blaze reported on the northeast shore of Sanford Lake, near Atikokan. One FireRanger crew and one waterbomber responded to this fire, which is expected to be “out” later today.
The second one was a 0.1 ha. fire reported near Ash Narrows, on the North Arm of Rainy Lake. One FireRanger crew and one Twin Otter responded to the blaze, which was extinguished yesterday evening.
Red Lake and Thunder Bay districts also saw two new blazes yesterday, the Ministry of Natural Resources reported this morning, with one new fire in both the Kenora and Nipigon districts.
Air attack, including heavy waterbombers, and FireRangers did an excellent job battling the blazes throughout the day, the MNR added, with all the fires contained to less than two ha. in size.
As reported in yesterday’s Daily Bulletin, the Aviation Forest Fire Management Program saw an increase in human-caused fires across the region over the weekend.
Under the Forest Fires Prevention Act, there are specific guidelines that must be followed when lighting a campfire.
The first thing to remember is that under the law, no person should start a fire unless conditions will allow the fire to burn safely from the time it is lit to the time it is out.
Next, make sure your fire is being built in a fire safe area. This means it is built on bare rock, soil, sand, or other non–combustible material.
You must clear the site of any flammable material for at least one metre in every direction, and make sure there is no overhanging vegetation near the fire.
The fire must never be left unattended. Also, keep a pail of water and shovel nearby as they are handy equipment to control the blaze.
And finally, make sure you put the fire out—dead out.

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