THUNDER BAY – WILD FIRE UPDATE – The afternoon of June 26 saw five new forest fires in the Northwest Region.
‘Dry lightning’ activity resulted in rapid fire starts in the vicinity of Kingfisher Lake First Nation in the far north.
- Sioux Lookout Fire 31 is located six kilometres to the east of Kingfisher Lake First Nation. At 0.2 hectares, the fire is being held.
- Sioux Lookout Fire 32 is located approximately 11 kilometres to the northwest of Kingfisher Lake First Nation. At 2.5 hectares, it was not under control at the time of this update.
- Sioux Lookout Fire 33 was spotted approximately 12 kilometres south/southeast of Kingfisher Lake on a peninsula on Misamikwash Lake. At two hectares, it is currently not under control.
- Sioux Lookout Fire 30 was spotted mid-morning on a large peninsula on Kezik Lake, 130 kilometres north of Sioux Lookout.
- Red Lake Fire 53 is located near the northern boundary of Opasquia Provincial Park. The remote two-hectare fire is being observed.
Among three additional new fires discovered in the evening hours of June 25, the most notable is Red Lake Fire 52. This 300-hectare fire escaped detection previously due to its close proximity to the region’s largest fire Red Lake Fire 38 (14,888 hectares) near North Spirit Lake.
There are currently 27 active fires in the region, 22 of which are either under control, under observation or being held.
The fire hazard in the region ranges from moderate in the Kenora, Dryden and southern portions of the Red Lake, Sioux Lookout and Thunder Bay Districts to a high hazard in the Fort Frances and Nipigon Districts.
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:
- Forest Fire Reporting Number – 310-FIRE (3473)
- Twitter account
Report prepared by Chris Marchand