Forest Fire Situation Update Northwest Region June 17, 2018

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THUNDER BAY – Wild Fire Update – There was one new fire in the Northwest Region by the late afternoon of June 17.

Red Lake Fire 39 is located approximately nine kilometres southeast of the First Nation community of Pikangikum.  The 0.2-hectare fire is currently not under control. Several lightning-caused fires also emerged in the evening hours of June 16 in the Far North of the Sioux Lookout District where burning conditions are high.

Sioux Lookout Fire 19 has claimed 100 hectares at a remote location south of Sachigo Lake. Thirteen kilometres to the south of that fire, Sioux Lookout Fire 20 has grown to six hectares. Both fires are under observation.

Red Lake Fire 38, discovered June 16 to the south-east of North Spirit Lake, has grown to 280 hectares in size as it moves away from the community. An air attack package of a bird dog aircraft and two CL-415 waterbombers have been assigned to the fire.

The current fire hazard is low in parts of the Fort Frances, Dryden, Thunder Bay and Nipigon Districts. A band of moderate hazard extends from the Kenora district moving northeast through the middle of the region. Red Lake District and the far north portions of the Sioux Lookout and Nipigon Districts show a high to extreme hazard at this time.

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


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