Four New Wild Fires in Northwestern Ontario

NASA's Aqua satellite captured multiple images of fire and smoke from Canadian wildfires on July 4, 2013. The images were stitched together to form a visual quilt.
NASA's Aqua satellite captured multiple images of fire and smoke from Canadian wildfires on July 4, 2013. The images were stitched together to form a visual quilt. Image credit: Jeff Schmaltz, NASA Goddard's MODIS Rapid Response Team Caption: Rob Gutro, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.

NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz LANCE/EOSDIS MODIS Rapid Response Team, GSFC. Caption by Lynn Jenner with information from the Canadian Wildland Fire Information System
NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz LANCE/EOSDIS MODIS Rapid Response Team, GSFC. Caption by Lynn Jenner with information from the Canadian Wildland Fire Information System

New Fires in Northwest

THUNDER BAY – There were four new confirmed fires by the evening of August 22 in the Northwest Region. They were in the districts of Dryden, Kenora, Red Lake and Sioux Lookout. They were all caused by lightning.

Dryden District Fire Number 34 is a 0.6 hectare fire listed as not under control. Kenora District Fire Number 46 is listed as under control at 0.1 hectares in size. Red Lake District Fire number 65 is not under control at 0.2 hectares and Sioux Lookout Fire number 59 is not under control at 0.1 hectares in size.

There were nine new fires by day’s end on August 21 including two in the Dryden District, two in the Fort Frances District, one in the Nipigon District, three in the Kenora District and one in the Thunder Bay District.

Kenora District has two fires being monitored on Lake of the Woods in the Conservation Reserve. (Kenora 035 and Kenora 043) as they renew the ecosystem.  One is located between Ferrier Island and Whiteout Island and the other is located in the mouth of French Narrows on Lake of the Woods. The fires are managed under the Lake of the Woods Fire Response Plan. They are fulfilling a natural role in the ecosystem. 

People are advised to avoid these areas for safety reasons. For information, please call the Kenora Fire Management Headquarters at 807-548-1919.

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