Red Lake Fire #49 – Update #3 – August 12, 2020

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

RED LAKE – Red Lake #49 continues to impact the Municipality of Red Lake. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests reports that the fire is now grown to 750 hectares, and is not under control. However, progress in slowing the fire’s progress is being made.

The fire is three kilometers from Red Lake as of the last report. Highway 105 remains open.

The Red Lake/Ear Falls OPP is encouraging the residents of Red Lake to help the frontline workers who remain in the community.

The OPP says that there are reports of people returning to retrieve property or remaining in the community to protect property.

A request to evacuate is made with the safety of residents as the priority. Red Lake Fire 049 is not under control despite unending efforts by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) who are working diligently to protect our community.

The situation is dynamic and can change quickly. Frontline workers are collaborating to keep the community safe. Residents can do their part by following the recommendations which allow frontline workers to focus on their tasks.

The Municipality is working with 211 to keep residents informed. Residents can call 211 to receive information, if they require assistance, to register as an evacuee or to notify if you are unable to leave.

Red Lake #49 Update

  • At the time of this update, Red Lake 49 is approximately 750 hectares in size and not under control.
  • 15 four-person FireRanger crews have been assigned to the fire.
  • Heavy machinery is engaged in building fireguards.
  • 8 helicopters spent the day in support of ground crews, bucketing water onto the fire’s edges.
  • An air attack package, consisting of two CL-415 water bombers and a bird dog escort aircraft, is available as required.
  • Hwy. 105 remains open (southbound).
  • Hwy. 618 accessing Madsen remains closed.
  • For up to date road closure information check 511.on.ca.
  • An Incident Management Team has assumed command of the fire.
  • A municipal evacuation order is in place.