July 31, 2018 – Northwest District Wildfire Update

Forest Fire Update

103 Active Wildfires in Northwest District

THUNDER BAY – WILDFIRE UPDATE – There were six new fires in the Northwest region by the early evening of July 31.

Presently there are 103 active fires in the region, 23 of which are not under control, six are being held, 14 are under control and 60 are being observed.

At the time of this update, the fire hazard was extreme in the Kenora, Dryden and Fort Frances Districts and high in the Thunder Bay and north shore areas of the Nipigon Districts. Conditions in the Red Lake and Sioux Lookout Districts range from a low hazard in the far north to moderate and high as one moves south.

A weather system moving through the region is expected to provide some relief to the escalated forest fire hazard situation.

New fires today

  • Sioux Lookout Fire 102 is located near Gull Lake, approximately 131 kilometres north of Sioux Lookout. The 0.1 hectare fire is not under control
  • Thunder Bay Fire 37 is located north of NW Corner Rd. near Avey Lake, approximately 185 kilometres north/northwest of Thunder Bay. The 0.3 hectares fire is not under control.
  • Thunder Bay Fire 38 is located south of Whitefish Lake near the U.S. border. The 0.1 hectare fire is not under control.
  • Nipigon Fire 50 is located North of Hall Lake, approximately 50 kilometres northeast of Nipigon. The 0.3 hectare fire is not under control.
  • Nipigon Fire 51 is located east of Long Lake, approximately 60 kilometres north of Schreiber. At 1.2 hectares the fire is not under control.
  • Thunder Bay Fire 40 is located north of Black Sturgeon Lake, approximately 119 kilometres north of Thunder Bay. The 0.2 hectare fire is not under control

Forest Fires within Woodland Caribou Provincial Park in the Red Lake District have resulted in the closure of canoe routes to backcountry paddlers. Access to a number lakes within the park has also been restricted. You can find more details on these restrictions here.

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