August 30, 2018 – Northwest District Wildfire Update

Red Lake District Fire Number 066, started on August 10 and challenged firefighting resources. FireRangers have circled the fire with hose line but it is still listed as not under control at 10 hectares. Constant air attack from Ontario, with assistance from Manitoba, and helicopter bucketing helped stop the fire from advancing to homes and fuel tanks.

THUNDER BAY = WILDFIRE UPDATE – There were seven new fires confirmed in the region by the afternoon of August 30 with more reports being investigated at the time of this update.

  • Nipigon 68 is being observed at 3 hectares and is located near Coomer Lake, approximately 299 kilometres north of Geraldton.
  • Fort Frances 71 is not under control at 0.1 hectares and is located near Price Lake, approximately 81 kilometres northeast of Fort Frances
  • Kenora 131 is not under control at 0.7 hectares and is located near Moss Lake, approximately 35 kilometres southwest of Kenora.
  • Dryden 70 has been declared out at 0.1 hectares and is located near Burr Lake, approximately 14 kilometres southwest of Dryden.
  • Kenora 132 is not under control at 0.1 hectares and is located near North Narrow Lake, approximately 33 kilometres east of Kenora.
  • Dryden 71 is not under control at 5 hectares and is located near Winnage Lake, approximately 67 kilometres west of Dryden.
  • Kenora 133 is not under control at 0.5 hectares and is located near Keys Lake, approximately 47 kilometres northeast of Kenora.

There are 54 active fires in the region, 48 of which are either under observation, being held or under control.

Fire hazard in the Northwest Region
The forest fire hazard is high in the southwest portions of the region and low to moderate in the remainder of the region.

Ontario Parks restricts access in Woodland Caribou, Wabakimi and Quetico Provincial Park
Forest fires in Woodland Caribou Park, Wabakimi Provincial Park and Quetico Provincial 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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