News — 05 July 2011

While the Sioux Lookout fire number 35 did receive some 10 mm rain during the storm on the night of Monday, July 4, the now 78,079 hectare fire is still listed as out of control as it continues to burn eastward.

Christine Rosche of the Incident Management Team in Pickle Lake says while the fire continues out of control, fire teams have managed to keep the fire well away from the Mishkeegogamang community.

“We do have well established lines around the west and south sides of the fire. Basically, there are two really large fingers that project out from the northeast side and they’re a bit of a distance apart and they are growing together and filling in that area. It’s also edging out from the east side where we’re allowing it to free burn.”

The travel restrictions have been removed from Highway 599 but restrictions continue on the Albany River, between Lake St. Joseph and Rorabeck Lake.

FireRangers are concentrating on working the fire perimeter, identifying areas requiring bucket support and values protection to nearby outpost and mining camps.

There are currently 17 active fires burning in the Northwest Region, four of which are classed as not under control and 10 are being monitored. The others are under control.

The fire hazard remains high to extreme in northern districts of the Northwest Region and moderate in the southern districts. The public is reminded to be careful with fire, be vigilant and report forest fires by calling 310-FIRE (3473).

 

 

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Chris Marchand is a native of Dryden, Ontario. He served his first newspaper internship at The Dryden Observer in 1998 while attending journalism studies at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops B.C. He's worked desks as both reporter and editor at the Fernie Free Press as well as filled the role of sports editor at the Cranbrook Daily Townsman. Marchand was named editor of the Dryden Observer in Aug. 2009.

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