Red Lake area hit by new fires

While it was a quieter day on the fire scene throughout most of the region due to some scattered showers early yesterday morning, Red Lake District was hit by six new starts, the Ministry of Natural Resources reported today.
One of those displayed vigorous fire behaviour that required three heavy waterbombers to attack it.
These bring the total number of active fires in the region up to 35, consuming 11,807.3 hectares. The total number of fires to date this year is 972, having burned 18,223.1 ha.
Seven new fires had been reported by the end of the day Tuesday. FireRanger crews, supported by air attack, worked hard through the day to contain the new starts.
Most of these displayed minimal fire behaviour, although Kenora Fire #179 was more active and required an aggressive response.
The Aviation Forest Fire Management Program continues to see an increase in human-caused fires. Two of the blazes reported Tuesday were confirmed as being caused by humans and, as a result, could have been prevented.
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 it 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, and also keep a pail of water and shovel nearby as they are handy equipment to control the fire.
Finally, make sure you put the fire out—dead out.

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