July 17, 2018 – Forest Fire Update Northwest District

The Forest Fire Hazard heading into the weekend is high in Northern Ontario
The Forest Fire Hazard heading into the weekend is high in Northern Ontario

THUNDER BAY = There were 12 new fires in the Northwest Region by mid-afternoon, July 19, most of which were caused by lightning in the Red Lake District.

  • Nipigon Fire 41 was caused by a downed tree on a hydro line just west of the town of Red Rock. The fire has been declared out.
  • Red Lake Fire 95 is a 0.1 hectare new lightning start near the south shore of Nungesser Lake. Also in the general area of Nungesser Lake, but to the northeast is Red Lake Fire 102 at 0.1 hectares. Both of these fires are not under control.
  • Red Lake Fires 96 (0.3 hectares) 97 (0.2 hectares) and 103 (0.5 hectares) are located near the centre of Woodland Caribou Provincial Park. These fires are under observation.
  • Red Lake Fires 98 and 99 are located approximately 10 kilometres north of Trout Lake. At the time of this posting the fires were not under control.
  • Red Lake Fires 100 (1.5 hectares) and 101 (0.5 hectares) are located near Leano Lake close to the eastern boundary of Woodland Caribou Provincial Park in the park’s southern portion. The fires were not under control at the time of this posting.
  • Red Lake Fire 104 was found south of Confusion Lake, approximately 70 kilometres west of Ear Falls. This 0.1 hectare fire is listed as not under control.
  • Sioux Lookout Fire 77 is located just north of Adamhay Lake, approximately 74 kilometres north of the town of Sioux Lookout. The 0.1 hectare fire is not under control.

At present there are 85 active fires in the region, 70 of which are either under observation, being held or under control. Out of province personnel are flowing into the Northwest Region to shore up resources while 30 FireRanger crews and 28 support staff from our region continue to assist the Northeast with an escalated fire situation. Crews from Saskatchewan, the Great Lakes Region of the U.S., Alberta and the Northwest Territories are being deployed to the fast-growing Kenora Fire 71 – 80 kilometres north of Kenora. There are also 10 out-of-province aircraft fighting fires in the region: including two CL-415 Airtankers and four smaller AT-802 Fire Boss tankers from Alberta; as well as two CL-415 Airtankers from Saskatchewan.

The fire hazard in the region is predominantly moderate with pockets of high hazard in the Kenora and Red Lake Districts. A low hazard covers much of the far north.

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