Wild Fire Update Northwest Region August 15, 2018

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

THUNDER BAY – WILDFIRE UPDATE – There were nine new fires confirmed in the region by the afternoon of August 15.

  • Dryden 58 is under control at 0.1 hectares and is located south of Borups Corners, approximately 50 kilometres southeast of Dryden.
  • Dryden 59 is not under control at 0.3 hectares and is located on an island on Shikag Lake, approximately 140 kilometres east of Dryden
  • Fort Frances 53 is under control at 0.1 hectares and is located southeast of Entwine Lake, 81 kilometres northeast of Fort Frances
  • Fort Frances 54 is under control at 0.2 hectares and is located north of Eltrut Lake, approximately 86 kilometres northeast of Fort Frances
  • Nipigon 59 is not under control at 1 hectare and is located north of d’Orsonnens Lake, approximately 94 kilometres northeast of Armstrong.
  • Dryden 60 is not under control at 0.1 hectares and is located south of Borups Corner, approximately 52 kilometres southeast of Dryden.
  • Thunder Bay 54 is not under control at 0.2 hectares and is located southwest of Mojikit Lake, approximately 55 kilometres northeast of Armstrong.
  • Fort Frances 55 is being held at 0.1 hectares and is located south of Nickle Lake, approximately 23 kilometres northeast of Fort Frances.
  • Nipigon Fire Number 60 is not under control at 0.1 hectares and is located near Purdom Lake, approximately 22 kilometres northwest of Nipigon.

There are 76 active fires in the region, 68 of which are either under observation, being held or under control.

Fire hazard in the Northwest Region
In the Northwest, the hazard continues to be low in the north but remains high in the central and southern portion of the Region with some areas showing an extreme hazard.

Ontario Parks restricts access in Woodland Caribou Provincial Park
Several large fires in Woodland Caribou Park have necessitated some restrictions for backcountry travellers. Ontario Parks is restricting access to some canoe routes as well as access to a number of lakes. You can find more details 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 Jonathan Scott

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