No new fires reported

The Ministry of Natural Resources’ Fire Management Centre in Dryden did not record any new fire starts in the region yesterday—the first fire-free day since Aug. 14.
Meanwhile, with air tankers grounded due to reduced visibility, helicopters and fire crews are taking advantage of favourable weather conditions to get a better handle on some of the active fires, including putting some out completely.
Heavy fog grounded most aircraft yesterday that were scheduled to fly First Nations residents home from the receiving centre at Greenstone.
Forecast rainfall moved across the entire region over the last two days, although varied amounts were recorded in the fire-riddled area around Lake Nipigon.
Areas east of Thunder Bay and Lake Nipigon also recorded thunderstorms, which could result in more lightning-generated fires in days to come.
Regardless of rainfall amounts, the extreme southerly portion of the region from Fort Frances across the top of Lake Superior still is recording high to extreme drought codes—one of the factors considered in predicting fire activity and behaviour.
In related news, MNR managers today will reassess both the Restricted Fire Zone, which is in place across the northwest, and the road closures which are in effect in the southern portions of the Thunder Bay and Nipigon districts.
Fire managers and crews still are contending with more than 300 active fires across the region, with two blazes well in excess of 10,000 hectares, three between 5,000 and 10,000 ha, and 12 between 1,000 and 5,000 ha.
About 300 more are between 0.1 and 1,000 ha in size.

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