Rising Temperatures Increase Wildfire Hazard

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Forest Fire Update

Forest Fire UpdateTHUNDER BAY – Seeing a warming trend over the next week with the fire hazard slowly starting to rebound as fuels on the surface become more receptive to burning. With the rise in temperatures, there is a high likelihood that we will see more lightning fires starting to occur.

There were three new fires confirmed in the Northwest Region by the mid-afternoon of Aug. 8th.

There are currently 78 active fires in the northwest. Three of these fires are not under control, five is being held, eight are under control and 64 are under observation.

The fire hazard is high to moderate in the Fort Frances, Dryden, Kenora and parts of the Red Lake Districts. The remainder of the Northwest Region including Sioux Lookout, Thunder Bay, and Nipigon Districts are under a moderate to low hazard for forest fires.

New fires for Aug. 8

  • There have been three new fires in the Northwest Region with fires located in Red Lake (1) and Greenstone (2). Fires in Greenstone were both 0.1ha and are now Out. The fire in Red Lake is 1.2 ha. and is Being Monitored at this time.

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 Malcolm Robertson