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Trout Lake fire now fully under control, ALIR fire hits three-month mark, now "ongoing assessment"

The fire burning near Trout Lake has been upgraded, with fire personnel now having the fire under control.
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The fire burning near Trout Lake has been upgraded, with fire personnel now having the fire under control.

According to data from Manitoba Conservation and Climate and from Natural Resources Canada, the fire - formally named the WE095 fire - has remained at 20 hectares in size for the past several days. Manitoba Conservation and Climate moved the fire to being considered “under control” Oct. 10.

At its closest point, the fire was just over six kilometres away from Flin Flon, but much of that distance is taken up by Trout/Embury Lake, which provides a natural firebreak.

No new hotspots have been found with the fire in the past week, according to the Fire Information for Resource Management System (FIRMS).

Things are not quite the same with Saskatchewan where the ALIR fire is still going, according to the Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency (SPSA). The fire, which has burned on-and-off-again since July 11, is now listed as “ongoing assessment”.

Recent hotspots have appeared around the fire's perimeter over the past two weeks, with clusters of hotspots around the fire’s western perimeter still going as of Oct. 13. Some are burning north of the Sturgeon Weir River to an area south of Neagle Lake, where the fire has already gone through this summer, while another large cluster is burning on both sides of the river about six kilometres upstream from Amisk Lake. More hotspots have also popped up along Usinne Lake, to the southwest of Amisk Lake, along with yet another cluster burning around the shoreline of Muskeg Bay on the lake shore. No recent hotspots have been reported on the north end of the fire’s perimeter, where it burned near Highway 106.

As of Oct. 13, the ALIR fire has burned more than 30,800 hectares of land.

Provincial picture

In Saskatchewan, a late-season surge of fires has been reported along the province’s Manitoba and Alberta borders. A total of 17 fires are currently burning throughout the province, with most burning in the Hudson Bay fire protection area. Saskatchewan’s largest blaze, the Bell fire, is still considered “not contained” by the SPSA as of Oct. 13, but a complex of five fires south of Hudson Bay are going down one by one. Four of the fires are now considered “contained” by the SPSA, with one stragglers - the Ditch08 fire - listed as “ongoing assessment".

Manitoba has 40 fires still burning, but only 14 of them are considered “full response” fires requiring immediate work from fire crews, according to Manitoba Conservation and Climate. Most of the fires are considered as “monitored” by the group, with only one - the WE093 fire, burning near Fairwind Lake between Sherridon and Snow Lake - considered “out of control”.

Smoke

According to current weather forecasts as of Oct. 13, the Flin Flon/Creighton/Denare Beach area (along with The Pas) are expected to see smoke cover intermittently throughout the week, but much less than seen in recent weeks. Wind patterns are likely to carry smoke away from the Flin Flon area, with the exception of some smoke Wednesday night and scattered smoke in the wee hours of Thursday morning.