For­est fire haz­ard cools

Kenora Daily Miner and News - - LOCAL NEWS -

The cloudy skies and rain that ar­rived in the are Thurs­day is fore­cast to con­tinue over the week­end is ex­pected to cool the for­est fire haz­ard fol­low­ing the hot, dry weather that passed through the Kenora area ear­lier this past week. The for­est fire haz­ard is rated low in the south­east sec­tors of the re­gion but re­mains mod­er­ate to high in the south­west, cen­tral and north­ern sec­tors.

The re­cent late sum­mer heat wave saw an in­crease in for­est fire ac­tiv­ity with five new fires in the North­west Re­gion by Wed­nes­day, Sept 13 af­ter four fires were de­tected on Tues­day.

Avi­a­tion, For­est Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices in Dry­den con­firmed the hu­man and light­ning-caused fires re­quired ag­gres­sive ground and air at­tack.

The new fires are lo­cated in the districts of Dry­den, Kenora, Nip­igon, Sioux Look­out and Thun­der Bay.

Smoky con­di­tions in the west­ern sec­tors of the Norhwest re­gion, in­clud­ing Kenora is mostly from large fires burn­ing in Man­i­toba and Saskatchewan. Smoke was denser at lo­ca­tions near the Man­i­toba bor­der while the rest of the re­gion ex­pe­ri­enced more hazy con­di­tions. Smoke drift is also pos­si­ble from fires burn­ing in Idaho and Mon­tana although con­cen­tra­tion lev­els should be light, ac­cord­ing to AFFES.

Fires burn­ing in the re­gion may also be con­tribut­ing to the smoky con­di­tions, while the wide­spread haze is from wild­land fires fur­ther west.

On­tario con­tin­ues to pro­vide sup­port to na­tional and in­ter­na­tional part­ners. As of Thurs­day, there were 302 On­tario fire­fight­ers, fire man­agers and sup­port per­son­nel sup­port­ing for­est fire sup­pres­sion ef­forts in Bri­tish Columbia, Man­i­toba, Al­berta and one sup­port­ing Cana­dian In­tera­gency For­est Fire Cen­tre op­er­a­tions in the United States. The ma­jor­ity of On­tario per­son­nel, 266, are in Bri­tish Columbia. An ad­di­tional de­ploy­ment was sched­uled for Thurs­day.

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