Forest Fire Situation Update Northwest Region June 27, 2018

Forest Fire Update

THUNDER BAY – WILDFIRE UPDATE – There were eight new fires in the Northwest Region by the afternoon of June 27.

  • Nipigon Fires 20 (25 hectares), 21 (five hectares) and 22 (0.1 hectares) make up a cluster of new lightning-caused fires about 45 kilometres south of the First Nation community of Webequie. These fires are under observation.
  • Approximately 70 kilometres to the south, another cluster of lightning-caused fires (Nipigon Fires 16, 17 and 18), discovered in the evening hours of June 26, are also under observation.
  • Red Lake Fire 54 was discovered approximately 19 kilometres north-west of the far north community of Poplar Hill. At 0.5 hectares it is currently not under control.
  • Sioux Lookout Fire 35 was spotted just west of Odium Lake. At 0.8 hectares it is currently not under control.
  • Sioux Lookout Fire 36 is a two-hectare lightning-caused fire on a peninsula on Big Trout Lake, about 20 kilometres west of Kitchenuhmaykoosib First Nation. The fire is currently not under control.
  • Red Lake Fire 55 is located approximately 61 kilometres west/northwest of Deer Lake First Nation. It is currently not under control.

FireRangers working on Nipigon Fire 15, a day-old, two-hectare fire near Cathy Lake and the north shore community of Pays Plat received some assistance from a helicopter bucketing water onto the steep terrain.

There are currently 32 active fires in the region, 26 of which are either under control, being held or under observation.

Wet weather is reducing the forest hazard in the Kenora and southern portion of the Red Lake Districts to low. A moderate hazard exists in the Dryden Fort Frances and Thunder Bay Districts. A high hazard exists in the north shore region and areas of the far north.

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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