July 12, 2018 – Northwestern Ontario Wildfire Update

Forest Fire Update

THUNDER BAY – WILDFIRE UPDATE – With heat warnings for the western parts of the region, it is very likely that there will be more fires in the woodlands.

by Chris Marchand

There were two new fires in the Northwest Region by the afternoon of July 12.

  • Sioux Lookout Fire 63 was spotted by a commercial aircraft near the shoreline of Carling Lake, approximately 66 kilometres northeast of Sioux Lookout. The 0.2 hectare fire is being held.
  • Red Lake Fire 67 originated in Manitoba June 27, crossing the border into Ontario earlier today. At a size of 180 hectares in size on the Manitoba side, the fire is one of several in the remote ‘elbow’ region of the far north that are under observation.

There are 53 active fires in the Northwest Region, 49 of which are either under observation, being held or under control.

Two FireRanger crews are working on Sioux Lookout Fire 50, approximately 26 kilometres east of the community of Kingfisher Lake. Firefighters on the ground are suppressing the east and north flanks of the fire in an effort to halt its advance.

A fire 4.5 kilometres south of the Wunnummin Lake Airport, Sioux Lookout Fire 61, is being held at 10 hectares.

The forest fire hazard in the Northwest Region is low in the Thunder Bay, Quetico and North Shore regions. The Fort Frances, Dryden and Sioux Lookout Districts feature a moderate to low hazard, while hazard conditions in the western reaches of the Kenora District are predominantly high. The regional fire hazard is expected to rebound over the next 24-48 hours.

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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