More air quality warnings are issued in the form of smoke, with more than 140 forest fires ravaging northwestern Ontario
With more than 140 forest fires in the area and Manitoba on Monday, Environment Canada has issued an air quality statement to more communities in northwestern Ontario as they deal with smog and poor visibility.
These statements affected the Geraldton, Manitouwadge, Hornepayne, Nipigon, Marathon, Pickle Lake, Red Lake, Ear Falls, Pikangikum and Sioux Lookout areas.
Environment Canada said: “Fires in northwestern Ontario and eastern Manitoba will continue to produce smoke, leading to poor air quality.” “Low visibility can also be expected, especially in areas close to the fire.”
The Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services Department (AFFES) said that as of Saturday evening, 14 new fires had been detected. The largest of these was Dryden 91, covering an area of ??3 hectares, burning about 5 kilometers south of Savant Lake, and was uncontrolled.
3 Evacuation of indigenous people
Elsewhere in the area, AFFES stated that firefighters continued to extinguish other fires, including the first three evacuated fires:
- Red Lake 65, about 17,500 hectares, burns 6 kilometers northwest of the aboriginal people of Baiyang Mountain.
- Red Lake 51, about 51,900 hectares, burns about 24 kilometers west of the aboriginal people of Luhu Lake.
- Sioux Lookout 60, covering about 1,400 hectares, burns about 8 kilometers west of Cat Lake First Nation.
- There are 77 Red Lakes, about 23,400 hectares, 33 kilometers west of Red Lake, out of control.
- Kenora 51, approximately 146,500 hectares, is located in Woodland Caribou Provincial Park and is not under control.
In a joint statement on Monday morning, Northern Development, Minerals, Natural Resources and Forestry Minister Greg Rickford and Ontario’s Attorney General Sylvia Jones stated that the province is “prepared to provide all necessary additional support for fire fighting in the area”.
The statement read: “We are working closely with the federal government, which is responsible for preserving the health, safety and well-being of the indigenous communities.” “The province also continues to work with affected indigenous communities, participating municipalities, the federal government, and the The NGO sector works closely to ensure that all necessary resources are deployed.”
Provincial emergency order takes effect
The no-fire zones in Kenora, Fort Frances, Dryden and Thunder Bay areas, as well as parts of Sioux Lookout, Red Lake and Nipigon areas are still in effect. Outdoor burning is prohibited in these areas.
The province also issued an emergency order to northwestern Ontario, allowing it to take special measures to “ensure the safety of personnel and the protection of important property.”
These restrictions apply to certain industrial operations that may cause sparks and fires.The full list of affected operations is Can be found on Ontario’s forest fire information page.