Forest Fire Situation Update Northwest Region – June 30, 2018

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MNRF Aircraft at the Dryden Fire Base at the Dryden Municipal Airport
MNRF Aircraft at the Dryden Fire Base at the Dryden Municipal Airport

THUNDER BAY – WILDFIRE UPDATE – There were no new fires in the Northwest Region by the late afternoon of June 30.

Yesterday saw a total of two new fires, both attributed to lightning and discovered in the evening hours. Straddling the boundary of fire response sectors Nipigon Fire 27 and Sioux Lookout Fire 44 are in relatively close proximity to one another in a remote area roughly 85 kilometres northwest of Fort Hope.

Currently, there are 45 active fires in the region, 39 of which are either under control, being held or under observation.

A weather system moving through the region yesterday dropped the fire hazard to low in the Kenora, Dryden, Fort Frances and Thunder Bay Districts as well as the north shore area. The rain also tempered conditions in the far north where the bulk of the region’s forest fire activity is concentrated. Fire hazard conditions in the far north range from moderate to high.

Progress is being made on the region’s largest fire, Red Lake Fire 38 – still listed as not under control. Ignition teams are working to secure the 14,888-hectare fire’s western flank 10 kilometres southeast of North Spirit Lake.

Sioux Lookout Fire 37, a 125-hectare fire eight kilometres southwest of the community of Sachigo Lake, has seen plenty of action with an air attack on the fire much of Friday. The fire is not under control, though a body of water separates the fire from the community.

Airtanker aircraft were also in action 36 kilometres west of Pikangikum on Red Lake Fire 60, a June 28 fire that has since grown to 123 hectares. The fire remains not under control at this time.

Please note, the next forest fire situation update will be posted on July 2.

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