Local MNRF FireRangers staying busy this summer
Jesse Bonello - Staff Writer
FireRangers with the local Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) are staying busy in what has been an active summer for fires thus far.
“We have had 61 fires in the Sioux Lookout area so far. We currently have 28 fires ongoing in Sioux Lookout. Of those 28, 23 are of them are in areas where we are allowing them to burn. They’re called being observed fires. We also have five fires that we currently have crews on. They’re considered not under control at this time,” explained MNRF fire management supervisor Jack Welch.
Welch also explained that some of the local crews were sent out to areas in Western Canada early in the summer.
“We deployed some of our crews to Manitoba and Saskatchewan to help out with situations there in early May and in June. We were able to help control situations out there, which was good,” said Welch.
Welch finished with concern for the forecasted weather patterns in Sioux Lookout. The Weather Network had issued a heat warning with temperatures expected to reach the high 30’s from July 13-15 with a cold front moving through the area late on July 15. Welch warned that the cold front could bring rain, and potentially thunderstorms, which has been the spark for most of the fires this season.
“There’s a cold front coming through that may drop a little bit of rain, but with that could bring some lightning, which has really been the cause of most of our fires,” Welch concluded.