Number of fires dwindles

Staff

The Ministry of Natural Resources has been very successful putting “out” the many fires in the region recently, with less than half the active fires one week ago.
There are currently 42 active fires burning in the Northwest Region, down from 52 active fires as of the same time yesterday. This is in addition to the 41 blazes extinguished over the weekend.
But new fires continue to arrive daily, and the fire season is not over as the region continues to experience warm and dry weather trends, warned the MNR.
Recon flights continue to be scheduled to provide Infrared scanning of the fires and reveal hotspots in which firefighters continue to dig out as they are discovered.
Two new fires were found yesterday, both lightning-caused blazes reported in Dryden and Sioux Lookout Districts.
There continues to be three active fires in Fort Frances District, but these all are long-burning blazes which are being observed in Quetico Provincial Park.
Meanwhile, out of province support continues to be provided to Ontario from Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick and Saskatchewan as well as from the U.S. state of Minnesota.
, for a total complement of 175 personnel. Quebec is also providing two CL-415 heavy waterbomber aircraft.
In total, Ontario is operating 11 heavy waterbombers, two Twin Otters and 53 helicopters.
Equipment is also being provided to Ontario from Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Quebec, including pumps, hose, hand tools, tents, sprinkler kits and chainsaw kits.