Six New Wildfires in Northwest District – August 3, 2018

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Photo supplied by MNRF
Photo supplied by MNRF

THUNDER BAY – Continued warm temperatures and clear skies corresponded with a general rise in the fire hazard in the Northwest Region over the past 24 hours.

There were six new fires confirmed in the Northwest Region by the early evening of Aug. 3.

At the time of this update, there were 92 active fires in the region. Twelve of those fires are not under control, five are being held, 13 are under control and 62 are under observation.

The fire hazard is currently high in the Kenora, Red Lake, Sioux Lookout, Dryden and Fort Frances Districts. The fire hazard in the Thunder Bay and Nipigon Districts ranges from moderate in the south to high in the far north.

New fires for Aug. 2

  • Sioux Lookout Fire 104 is located near Churchill Lake in St. Raphael Provincial Park, approximately 98 kilometres northeast of Sioux Lookout. The 0.4 hectare is not under control.
  • Dryden Fire 41 is located east of Fisher Lake, approximately 32 kilometres south of Vermilion Bay. The 0.1 hectare fire is not under control.
  • Thunder Bay Fire 43 is located west of Mojikit Lake, approximately 260 kilometres north of Thunder Bay. The one hectare fire is not under control.
  • Fort Frances Fire 37 is located near Big Joe Lake, approximately 32 kilometre northwest of Atikokan. The 0.3 hectare fire is not under control.
  • Fort Frances Fire 38 is located east of Hornberg Lake, approximately 60 kilometres north of Fort Frances. The 0.1 hectare fire is not under control.
  • Sioux Lookout Fire 105 is located in the area of Gynane Bay on the eastern end of Lac Seul, approximately 54 kilometres north of Sioux Lookout. The 0.1 hectare 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. You can find more details on these restrictions here.

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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