Wildfire Update – Northwest District – August 4 2018

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


THUNDER BAY – WILDFIRE Update – There were three new fires confirmed in the Northwest Region by the early evening of Aug. 4.

At the time of this update, there were 93 active fires in the Northwest Region. Ten of these fires are not under control, eight are being held, 13 are under control and 62 are under observation.

An incoming weather system is expected to put a damper on some high hazard conditions in the west and central parts of the region.  The fire hazard is currently high in the Kenora, Dryden, Sioux Lookout, Fort Frances and far northern portion of the Nipigon District. Conditions range from moderate to low hazard in the Red Lake, Thunder Bay and north shore areas.

New Fires, Aug. 4

  • Kenora Fire 101 is located at the north end of Long Pine Lake. The fire has been declared out at 0.1 hectares
  • Kenora Fire 100 is located on an island on Lake of the Woods, approximately  15 kilometres south of the city of Kenora. The 0.1 hectare fire has been declared out.
  • Sioux Lookout Fire 107 is located east of Bamaji Lake, approximately 120 kilometres north of Sioux Lookout. The 0.1 hectare fire is under control.

Kenora 71 update
Fire behaviour flared up toward the end of the week on Kenora 71 with the fire making a few minimal excursions due to hot, windy conditions. Saturday’s weather system is expected to have a positive effect in terms of precipitation though plenty of lightning was also recorded in the area at the time of this update. Currently, there are 50 crews on the fire line, challenged by the Kenora District’s largest fire in 30 years which is burning as deep as 40 centimetres into the soil in places.

Travel restrictions in Woodland Caribou Provincial Park
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.

Fire numbers and online information:

Report prepared by Chris Marchand