Northwest Fire Region – August 15, 2021 – Wildfire Update

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Thunder Bay – Wildfire Update – There were ten new fires confirmed today. One of those fires, Thunder Bay #92 was finally listed as under control. The fire located south of City Road required water bombers today.

  • There were ten new fires confirmed in the Northwest Region by the early evening of August 15.
    • Fort Frances 135 is under control at 0.3 hectares and is located near Chill Lake, approximately 60 kilometres northeast of Atikokan.
    • Thunder Bay 92 is under control at 0.1 hectares and is located south of City Road in Fort William First Nation.
    • Sioux Lookout 133 is being observed at 5 hectares and is located near Karl Lake, approximately 128 kilometres north of Pickle Lake.
    • Thunder Bay 93 is being held at 0.2 hectares and is located near Mosher Lake, approximately 138 kilometres northwest of Thunder Bay.
    • Kenora 141 is being held at 0.1 hectares and is located on an island on Lake of the Woods, approximately 70 kilometres south of Kenora.
    • Thunder Bay 94 is not under control at 0.8 hectares and is located near Young Lake, approximately 63 kilometres west of Thunder Bay.
    • Thunder Bay 95 is not under control at 5 hectares and is located near Gall Lake, approximately 110 kilometres northwest of Thunder Bay.
    • Thunder Bay 96 is not under control at 1.5 hectares and is located near Hoof Lake, approximately 82 kilometres west of Thunder Bay.
    • Thunder Bay 97 is not under control at 3 hectares and is located near Little Petry Lake, approximately 157 kilometres northwest of Thunder Bay.
    • Fort Frances 136 is not under control at 2.5 hectares and is located near Wasp Lake, approximately 32 kilometres north of Atikokan.
  • At the time of this update there were 114 active fires in the northwest region. 16 fires were not under control, 8 fires were being held, 13 fires were under control and 77 fires were being monitored.
  • To see the wildland fire hazard near you, visit our interactive map at Ontario.ca/forestfire.

Fires of Note 

Kenora 51

  • Kenora 51 is 200,667 hectares in size and remains not under control.
  • Kenora 51 remains 20 km north of Wabaseemoong on the northern side of Umfreville Lake.
  • A number of fire crews who have been contributing to the suppression effort for the past 14 days, are headed off the fire to refresh. Additional crews continue to be cycled in and placed on the fire line to continue with suppression efforts.
  • Fire behaviour is on the rise over the next few days as sunny conditions, higher temperatures and lower relative humidity levels return to the fire area.
  • On the fire’s west side, crews supported by bucketing helicopters are establishing hoselines and limiting the spread of the fire in the direction of the Davidson Lake area.
  • On the fire’s southeastern flank, crews supported by bucketing helicopters are establishing hoselines in the Fletcher Lake, Rowdy Lake and Right Lake areas.
  • Additional crews are expected to join the suppression effort over the weekend.
  • Heavy equipment continues to develop fireguard to the east and south of the fire
  • An Incident Management Team is established on the fire.

Red Lake 65

  • The fire is 20,254 hectares and located 6 kilometres west of Poplar Hill First Nation.
  • Crews continue laying and working hose lines on strategic areas of the fires. Heli-buckets continue to assist where needed.
  • Fire behaviour is smouldering with some visible smoke

Red Lake 51

  • The fire is 53,522 hectares and located approximately 24 kilometres west of Deer Lake First Nation.
  • Crews are working hose lines along the east side of the fire.
  • Fire behaviour is smouldering with some visible smoke.
  • An Incident Management Team has been assigned to oversee this fire.

Red Lake 77

  • The fire is not under control and is 32,799 ha, approximately 33 km west of Red Lake.
  • Several interior smokes were detected today; fire activity is increasing due to wind and lower relative humidity
  • The western flank of Red 77 is showing more active fire behaviour with some open flame.
  • Crews are using hose and hand tools to action new smokes with Heli-buckets supporting
  • Infrared scanning continues overnight to assist crews
  • There is an expectation of increased fire behaviour along the eastern flank due to drying winds and increased temperatures. Crews continue to make progress as hotspots are detected

Restricted Fire Zone in effect

Due to the high to extreme forest fire hazard, the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry is maintaining a Restricted Fire Zone in Kenora, Fort Frances, Thunder Bay (excluding Wabakimi Provincial Park) and Dryden Districts, and southern portions of Sioux Lookout and Red Lake Districts.  The Restricted Fire Zone is 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, consult the interactive fire map at Ontario.ca/forestfire or the map here.

Restrictions to Forest Management Plans and industrial operations in the Northwest Region 

Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services has been advised by NDMNRF Regional Operations Division that restrictions have been imposed with respect to Forest Management Plans and industrial operations in Northwestern Ontario. These restrictions are in effect as of 12:01am Eastern Standard Time on August 11, 2021 until such time as the order is revoked.

Please see the restrictions on ontario.ca/forestfire.

  • Contact: Natural Resources Information and Support Centre – NRISC@ontario.caor   1-800-667-1940.
  • For all media enquiries pertaining to these restrictions contact the media desk at (416) 314-2106.

Restrictions due to forest fire activity in the Red Lake District  

Due to extreme forest fire activity, the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry, Red Lake District, an updated Implementation Order is now in effect until further notice that restricts access and use of certain roads and Crown lands.

All access to the following areas are prohibited unless authorized by a travel permit issued by the Red Lake District NDMNRF.

Specifically, all modes of travel and use of the North Road, Pineridge Road, Suffel Lake Road, Iriam Road and the portion of Longlegged Road west of the Conifer Road and Longlegged Road junction.

All modes of travel/access onto Storey Lake, Philip Lake, Pringle Lake (including Dedicated Protected Areas), and the North shore of Nungesser Lake at RED 68 fire perimeter.

Woodland Caribou Provincial Park, Eagle Snowshoe Conservation Reserve, Little Grand Rapids Protected Area, Lake Country Protected Area and all Crown land as outlined in the hatched area identified on the Implementation order map.

For information on travel permits call 807-727-1345.
To view a map of the implementation order area at ontario.ca/forestfire click here.

Restrictions due to forest fire activity in the Kenora District

The Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry, Kenora District, is advising the public that due to extreme forest fire activity from the Kenora 51 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 Kenora District Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry.

This includes all travel on Sand Lake Road, from the Highway 525 junction, east to the English River Road Junction, all travel on the English River Road, north of the Sand Lake Road junction and all travel on the Werner Lake Road from the Manitoba Border eastward to the end of the road

All use of lakes and waterways accessible from the English River system, between Caribou Falls and Separation Rapids including all of Umfreville Lake is prohibited

For detailed information on the restricted access area including obtaining a map or for information on how to apply for a travel permit please call 807-456-2694.

Please visit ontario.ca/forestfire to view the current restrictions and associated maps. Or click here to view a map of the expanded Implementation Order area.