Two fires reported

Staff

Two new fires were reported in the West Fire Region yesterday, both caused by people.
One was in the eastern portion of Fort Frances District, near Crow Rock, while the second occurred in Kenora District.
Crews were on site this morning “cold trailing,” or investigating, to ensure the 0.1-ha blaze by Crow Rock was “out,” MNR fire management supervisor Harrold Boven said.
Boven stressed the public must remember to abide by the “day burning” regulations, adding it seems some people haven’t been doing so.
“We are currently pursuing some other areas we had seen on the weekend where people have been burning during the day,” he said.
“We fly over it, and now we’re in the process of sending some enforcement officers over to these locations.
“[People] shouldn’t be burning during that time of the day unless they have a permit, and we’re not issuing any permits right now.
“There shouldn’t be any burning until two hours before sunset, so we’re concerned with that,” Boven said. “We’re observing.”
Under the Fire Protection Act, brush and grass fires are to be started no sooner than two hours before sunset and put out no later than two hours after sunrise.
Outdoor fires must be attended at all times and put dead out before leaving the site.
There currently are 24 active fires in the West Fire Region, covering 13,474.1 ha.
The fire hazard currently is “high” along the southern boundaries of the region in the Fort Frances and Thunder Bay districts, and Boven is hoping for “some measurable precip” going into Thursday and Friday.
“We’ll probably be borderline, with some of our weather stations, going into ‘extreme’ on the weekend if we don’t get any rain,” he warned. “That creates a whole bunch of other concerns.”