Forest Fire Situation Update Northwest Region June 28, 2018

Forest Fire Report

THUNDER BAY – WILDFIRE Update – There were 16 new fires in the Northwest Region by the afternoon of June 28.  There are 48 active fires in the region, 33 of which are either under control, being held or under observation.

Among the new fires of note in the region are:

  • Sioux Lookout Fire 37 is a 30 hectare, lightning-caused fire approximately nine kilometres west of the remote First Nation community of Sachigo Lake. At the time of this post the fire was not under control.
  • Airtankers were deployed to Sioux Lookout Fire 39, a 10-hectare lightning fire, located approximately two kilometres north of the remote community of Muskrat Dam across Blackwater Bay. At the time of this post, the fire was listed as not under control.
  • Thunder Bay Fire 26 is located approximately 30 kilometres northeast of the city of Thunder Bay along a rail corridor. The 0.5-hectare fire is being held.
  • Sioux Lookout Fire 38 is located approximately 23 kilometres south of Muskrat Dam. At 10 hectares in size, it is currently not under control.
  • Dryden Fire 13 was spotted in the late afternoon at Long Lake, 54 kilometres southeast of Dryden. At 0.2 hectares, the fire is not under control.
  • Thunder Bay Fire 28 is a four-hectare fire, just west of Addie Lake close to the U.S. border. It is not under control.
  • Sioux Lookout Fire 41 is a five-hectare lightning fire and is located approximately 20 kilometres east of the remote community of Keewaywin.

Wednesday’s weather systems offered spotty, localized rain coverage through the region yesterday resulting in a low hazard for forest fires in the Kenora District and moderate hazard in the Fort Frances District. A band of moderate hazard in the southern portion of the Red Lake and Sioux Lookout Districts gives way to high hazard conditions in the far north. Dryden, Thunder Bay, and Nipigon Districts are also showing a high hazard for forest fires.

To see a complete list of fires across the province click on our interactive map. You can also get the latest update on the condition of any fire by clicking the fire icon.

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Report prepared by Chris Marchand