Discovery Air Assist
With Numerous Forest Fires In Ontario
By Jim Douglas
July 31, 2011 - Yellowknife, NT, July 26, 2011 –
Discovery Air Inc. has been called in by the Ontario
Ministry of Natural Resources to help with ongoing
efforts to protect residents of Northwestern Ontario’s
many remote First Nations’ communities from the numerous
forest fires currently raging across the region.
One of Air Tindi’s de Havilland Dash 7 aircraft has been
repositioned to Ontario to aid with evacuation flights.
The airplane’s short take-off and landing capabilities
combined with its 46-passenger, 10,000-pound capacity
made it the ideal solution for getting residents out of
air-access-only communities as quickly as possible in
the face of this evolving natural disaster.
our home in the North and our employees, Aboriginal business
partners and customers deal with the threat of forest fires
every summer,” said Air Tindi President Chuck Parker. “In
situations like this we all collectively understand the need to
make sacrifices and act quickly to help keep fellow Northerners
out of harm’s way.”
particular, Air Tindi and its majority Aboriginal-owned
partnership Tli Cho Air Inc. would like to thank Diavik Diamond
Mines Inc. for its willingness to release one of the Dash 7
aircraft it has under contract so that it could be used to
assist with the evacuation effort in Ontario.
at Diavik was willing to work with us to come up with a slightly
revised transportation schedule for the mine to accommodate our
assistance in Northwestern Ontario,” said Parker. “Their
flexibility during this extremely hazardous time is greatly
fires started since Thursday, bringing the total number of
active fires in the province to 106. Current and future weather
forecasts continue to support fire suppression efforts.
Northwestern Ontario saw a large amount of lightning associated with light, isolated precipitation. Drought codes continue to build in the northwest; future lightning and holdovers from previous days may have potential for new fire starts.
Northeastern Ontario continues to show isolated areas of concern for fire starts. Thunderstorm activity from the west has reached the eastern part of the province today, bringing lightning and potential for new fires. Although the east will see drier weather conditions today, the province is expected to be under cloud cover for most of tomorrow. This will aid in suppression efforts on new and existing fires on the weekend.
Although there are fewer fire starts and generally reduced activity on fires burning across Ontario, much of the fire line is not yet contained and each fire will present its own challenges locally. Please ensure you check with local MNR officials for an updated account of fire activity and related safety issues on fires of concern. Some travel restrictions have been lifted. Please refer to Current Emergency Area Orders for more information.
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