Northwestern Ontario, Canada, is counting fires lit by lightning. Seven new blazes were reported yesterday in the Fort Frances District, Dryden District and Nipigon District. Firefighting efforts are bringing results as a number of the new fires and other active fires in the region are being declared ‘under control’ or ‘out’ each day.
Fires burning in the far north are not posing any threat to values or communities. Northern reconnaissance flights in Red Lake and Sioux Lookout district are monitoring the situation. Aerial detection patrols are also focusing on areas that have received lightning with light rain, and as the July 1 long weekend commences they will be flying over recreational areas keeping a watchful eye out for any escaped campfires.
The forest fire hazard across all sections of Northwestern Ontario is currently high to extreme in most districts, including Fort Frances, and those engaging in outdoor recreational activities this long weekend are highly encouraged to use caution.