An early tour on Lake of the Woods can be an adventure. Melissa Berry of Thunder Bay talks about her recent visit over the weekend.

They'd taken advantage of the warm weather for a boat ride, when they came across a fire Saturday afternoon. Berry said it looked like the camp owner had left a fire unattended, and the wind had revived the coals, before things got out of control.

"The trees were lit up. The grass was all on fire. The decking was all on fire. The stairs were on fire, and he was able to get this thing under complete control," she said. 

Fortunately, Berry's boyfriend Kevin Blake knew just what to do, when he came across the scene. He got hold of a two-gallon bucket and made numerous trips to the water for refills to fight the fire. Within 45 minutes, Berry says the flames were under control.

"He inhaled a lot of smoke. He was coughing and worn right out. I don't know how many trips to the lake he made," Berry said.

Ministry firefighters had also responded.

Smokey the Bear's 7 campfire tips:

  • Dig a small pit away from overhanging branches. (Most parks have campfire pits ready and waiting for you.)
  • Circle the pit with rocks or be sure it already has a metal fire ring.
  • Clear a five-foot area around the pit down to the soil.
  • Keep a bucket of water and a shovel nearby.
  • Stack extra wood upwind and away from the fire.
  • After lighting, do not discard the match until it is cold.
  • Never leave a campfire unattended, not even for a minute.

For more information:

Campfire safety

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