September 2 2018 – Northwestern Ontario Wildfire Update

Forest Fire Update

THUNDER BAY – WILDFIRE Update – There were four new fires confirmed in the Northwest Region by the early evening of Sept. 2.

  • Kenora Fire 141 is located west of Swan Lake, approximately 21 kilometres northwest of Minaki. At 0.4 hectares, the fire is not under control.
  • Sioux Lookout Fire 158 is located east of Lower Grassy Bay on Lac Seul First Nation, approximately 11 kilometres north of Frenchman’s Head. The fire is being held at 0.2 hectares.
  • Kenora Fire 140 is located on an island on Tetu Lake, approximately 11 kilometres northwest of Wabaseemoong (Whitedog) Independent Nation. The fire is being held at 0.3 hectares.
  • Dryden Fire 73 is located near Boundary Lake, approximately 30 kilometres north of Dryden. The 0.1 hectare fire is not under control

At the time of this update, there were 44 active fires in the Northwest Region. Three of those fires were not under control, three were being held, five were under control and 33 were being observed. Three fires were declared out.

Fire hazard in the Northwest Region
Lower relative humidity levels in the western reaches of the region produced a high fire hazard in Kenora and southern parts of the Red Lake District today. Dryden, Fort Frances, and Sioux Lookout featured a moderate to low hazard. A low hazard extended through Thunder Bay and the southern portions of the Nipigon District. The far north was mainly under moderate hazard conditions.

Ontario Parks restricts access to some areas of Quetico Provincial Park
Forest fires in Quetico Provincial Park have necessitated some restrictions for backcountry travelers. Ontario Parks is restricting access to some canoe routes as well as access to a number of lakes. You can find more details 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