Northwest Fire Region – July 11, 2021 – Wildfire Update

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Ontario Parks restricts access in Woodland Caribou Provincial Park

Thunder Bay – Wildfire Update – At the time of this update there were 66 active fires in the region. 21 fires are not under control, two fires are being held, 26 are being observed and 17 fires are under control.

 Northwest Region 

  • There were three new fires confirmed in the northwest region by the late afternoon of July 11.
    • Red Lake 89 has been declared out at 0.1 hectares and was located in the community of Pikangikum.
    • Nipigon 30 is not under control at 0.1 hectares and is located near Juneau Lake, approximately 103 kilometres northwest of Geraldton.
    • Red Lake 90 has been declared out at 0.1 hectares and was located in the community of Pikangikum.
  • The wildland fire hazard is mainly high to extreme across the region. There is an area of moderate hazard in the far north of Sioux Lookout and Nipigon districts.
  • Smoke drift in Red Lake, Kenora, Sioux Lookout, and Nipigon will continue to be experienced by communities in close proximity to wildland fires in those Districts and across the far north.  Smoke drift from fires burning in the western provinces of Canada may also be detectable today across much of the province.
  • AFFES is currently responding to many fires on the landscape. Stay informed of the location, size, status of all active wildland fires in the province on the interactive fire map atOntario.ca/forestfire

Fires of Note

Kenora 51

  • Fire is not under control at 46,316 hectares.
  • Crews are maintaining sprinklers on structures in the vicinity of the fire
  • Fire has been active over the past several days producing smoke at the local level
  • 20 crews and 13 helicopters are assigned to this fire.
  • An Incident Management Team is established on the fire.

Red Lake 65

  • Not under control at 4012 hectares
  • Located approximately 16 kilometres southwest of Poplar Hill First Nation
  • Crews are setting up sprinklers on structures in the vicinity of the fire.
  • This fire is exhibiting extreme fire behaviour
  • The Ministry of the Solicitor General is in the process of conducting an evacuation of Poplar Hill First Nation, as Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services continues to respond to fire Red Lake 65 southwest of the community.

Red Lake 51

  • Being observed at 27549 hectares
  • Located 27 kilometres west of Deer Lake First Nation
  • Crews are setting up sprinklers on structures in the vicinity of the fire.

Red Lake 68

  • Not under control at 4700 hectares
  • Located southeast of Pringle Lake, approximately 55 kilometres northeast of Red Lake.
  • 6 Crews are setting up sprinklers on structures in the vicinity of the fire

Red Lake 77

  • Not under control at 1200 hectares
  • Located near Optic Lake, approximately 50 kilometres west of Red Lake
  • Crews are setting up sprinklers on structures in the vicinity of the fire.

Restricted Fire Zone in effect

Due to high to extreme forest fire hazard conditions, effective 12:01 a.m. Saturday July 10, the Ontario Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry has issued updated boundaries for a Restricted Fire Zone in the Kenora, Fort Frances, Dryden and Thunder Bay Districts and portions of the Sioux Lookout, Red Lake, Nipigon and Wawa Districts.  The Restricted Fire Zone will be in effect until further notice. Outdoor fires are banned. Portable gas stoves may still be used BUT must be handled with extreme care.  You can learn more about Restricted Fire Zones here. For a more detailed boundary of the Restricted Fire Zone see the attached map, consult the interactive fire map at Ontario.ca/forestfire or find the map here.

Restrictions due to forest fire activity in the Fort Frances District
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Fort Frances District, is advising the public that due to extreme forest fire activity from the Fort Frances 47 fire, an Implementation Order is now in effect until further notice that restricts access and use of certain roads and Crown lands.

All travel, use and access to the following areas are prohibited unless authorized by a travel permit issued by the Fort Frances District Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

This includes all travel on Northwest Bay Road outside of Naicatchewenin First Nation, including West Spencer Road, Woody Road, Alex Road, and Kaiarskon South Road. Also including Charles Road south of the kilometre marker 24 and all branch roads associated with the previously identified road networks.

All use or occupation of Crown lands, on or within 500 metres of the identified roads, is prohibited.

For information on how to obtain a travel permit please call 807-271-0216.