July 30, 2017 at 10:13 pm #4707
RFZ MESSAGE – There is currently no Restricted Fire Ban in effect. However, conditions are high to extreme. Red Lake district has had a number of lightning fires pop out this pass week and fire management resources are limited as several of our fire crews are in BC helping out with more threatning fires there. Please continue to 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 unnecessary burden on a limited resource. Individuals venturing in the backcountry must use fire with great diligence. Always light a fire in an existing fire ring or bare rock (not over moss and forest debris). If conditions are very dry, forgo the traditional campfire. A cook stove should always be part of your camping equipment.
Fire RED3– A lightning fire from eastern Manitoba crossed into Ontario last May 12th, 2016 in the area of Broken Arrow… and it spread like, “wildfire” literally. After all was said and done, Red3 clocked in at 85,000 ha (210,000 acres) in size… a huge area. While some values were lost, the fire crews did 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 contributed to the fierce fire behavior. It is a changed landscape but also Mother Nature’s way to renew its stressed forest. All travels in and around the fire area is permitted. Park maintenance crews are focusing their efforts to this area this summer. As expected one year later, trees have started to settle and fall over the trails and regrowth will soon obscure the path, campsites need clearing of down trees and leaning hazard trees. Please check our Canoe Route posts for updates on crew maintenance efforts.
Other Recent Fires of Note
* July 2015 – 3 fires in the area of Barclay Lake – Lightning fires
* June 2015 – NE shores of Larus Lake – Lightning 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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