Photographer: Peter Weinstein

Fire on Maple Mountain

On July 11, lightning struck Maple Mountain, 1.3 kilometres north of the abandoned fire tower (visible on the left horizon between the trees). By the following evening, the fire (smoke plume seen at the right) had gained life and was detected by the Ministry of Natural Resources.

Now known as "North Bay 43," MNR responded that evening and the following morning with three water bombers, directed by a Bird Dog spotter plane. Two helicopters dropped 20 ground crew. They had the challenge of running their hoses up a cliff from the nearest lake, according to Len Munro at MNR. On July 18 the fire was declared out and the last fire fighters pulled out having burned 10 hectares.

On July 12, Peter Weinstein was camped on Tupper Lake when he took this photo.

  MAP:  Fire location (PDF)  Courtesy of MNR

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