August 2, 2018 – Northwest District Wildfire Update

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The Forest Fire Hazard heading into the weekend is high in Northern Ontario

THUNDER BAY – A high-pressure system bringing sunny skies, warmer temperatures, and lower relative humidity is ushering in a drying trend across the Northwest Region today.  As a result, the forest fire hazard is beginning to rebound from the effects of recent precipitation.

There were two new fires confirmed in the Northwest Region by the early evening of Aug. 2.

At the time of this update, there were 88 active fires in the region. Nine of those fires are not under control, seven are being held, 10 are under control and 62 are under observation.

The fire hazard is currently high in the Kenora District which extends into the majority of the Dryden and Fort Frances Districts. The Red Lake and Sioux Lookout Districts are currently under and moderate to high hazard. Thunder Bay and Nipigon Districts show a low to moderate hazard with a pocket of high hazard conditions in the Armstrong area.

New fires for Aug. 2

  • Dryden Fire 39 is located south of Hwy. 17, approximately 11 kilometres east of Borups Corners. The 0.1-hectare fire is being held.
  • Fort Frances Fire 36 is located near Priam/Ajax Lakes, approximately 80 kilometres north of Fort Frances. At 0.1 hectares, the fire is not under control.

Travel restrictions in Woodland Caribou Provincial Park
Forest Fires within Woodland Caribou Provincial Park in the Red Lake District have resulted in the closure of canoe routes to backcountry paddlers. Access to a number lakes within the park has also been restricted.

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:

Report prepared by Chris Marchand

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