Forest fire hazard cools
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.