December 21, 2012 at 10:13 pm #4707
RFZ MESSAGE – There is currently no Restricted Fire Ban in effect. Use fire responsibly.;
Almost every type of ecosystem on land is influenced by wildfire but none is as dependent as the Boreal Forest for its self rejuvenation. Natural fires is part of the ecological make up of this area. If you look with eyes wide open, you will appreciate the vigorous rebirth of life and the very unique beauty of the new landscape.
Nearly all of the forest fire occurrences in Northwestern Ontario are caused by lightning. These alone keep fire suppression personnel busy enough that adding human-caused fires to the mix can add unneccessary burden on a limited resource. Individuals venturing in the backcountry must use fire with great diligence. If conditions are very dry, forgo the traditional campfire. A cook stove should always be part of your camping equipment.
Current Fire RED3– A lightning fire from eastern Manitoba crossed into Ontario on May 12th in the area of Broken Arrow… and it has spread like, “wildfire” literally. Today, Red3 sits at roughly 85,000ha (210,000 acres) in size and exhibits no activity. It is not yet declared OUT and will not be for some time as forest fire manager continue to monitor for possible smoke. Some values were lost earlier but the fire crews have done an outstanding job protecting the values that were threatened along the Gammon River system. The damaged forest resulting from the snowdown event of 2012 followed by the infestation of the sawyer beetle in the more recent years have contributed to the fierce fire behavior. There is no safety concerns for park visitors at this time. All travels in and around the fire area is permitted. It is a changed landscape that is very interesting to visit at this time before burnt trees start falling over and regrowth begin to choke up the portage trails. </span>
Recent Fires of Note in the Park
* July 2015 – 3 fires in the area of Barclay Lake – Lightening fires
* June 2015 – NE shores of Larus Lake – Lightening fire with visual impact in the area of portages N of Larus and S of Thicketwood
* June 2015 – North, East, South shores of Wrist Lake – Lightning fire with some visual impact to the North shore of Aegean Lake
* August 2014 – North end of Mary’s Lake along the Bloodvein River. Lightning fire that was monitored. Some visual impact along the north shore of the River and Mary’s Lake.
* July 2012 – Adventure Lake area- Did not leave significant visual impact as it crossed the narrows of Adventure Lake
* Red August 2011 – Red #124 – Over 22,000 ha (54,360 acres) in size – will be evident as paddlers travel the west shores of Knox, all of Murdock shores, and southern shores of Larus. Those traveling through this area of the Bloodvein River will be greeted by a landscape of tree skeletons, bare bedrock, and a vibrant re-growth of jack pine and spruce barely reaching shin height. Maintenance crews will attempt to visit affected portages annually for the next few years.
* July 2005 – Red #44 -Jigsaw and Haven areas. Affected trails from Wrist to Jigsaw to Haven to Adventure. Re-growth (approx. 3’ high) consist primarily of Jack Pine and some spruce at this time – still much exposed bedrock – maintenance crews are attempting to visit annually.
For details on current fires and for daily fire updates, visit the following link: https://www.ontario.ca/law-and-safety/forest-fires
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