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New fires reported

Four new fires were confirmed in the Northwest Region by late yesterday.

Fort Frances Fire #7, located near Upper Lawrence Lake, was listed as “not under control” at 0.3 hectares in size.

Two fires in Dryden District, both located near Bivo Lake, each were reported as “being held” at 2.6 ha and 0.4 ha, respectively.

Quiet on fire scene

No new fires were reported in the Northwest Region over the weekend, and this quiet time is allowing for FireRangers and staff to continue with mandatory annual training and skills updates.

The fire hazard is “low” across the region, except for the far north sector of Sioux Lookout District, where it is “moderate.”

Weather keeps lid on fires

No new fires were confirmed in the Northwest Region by yesterday afternoon.

Meanwhile, Kenora Fire #8, located in the Ingolf area about 55 km west of Kenora, was not expected to spread due to current weather conditions.

It was at 5,800 hectares in size as of Wednesday morning and remains listed as “not under control.”

Fires still not under control

Two fires burning along the Ontario-Manitoba boundary remain listed as “not under control” at last report late yesterday afternoon.

Kenora Fire #18, in the Ingolf area about 55 km west of Kenora, last was estimated at 5,800 hectares in size.

Cooler, damp weather over the next few days will assist ground crews to continue to make progress with suppression efforts.

More fires start up

Five new fires were confirmed in the region by yesterday evening, including one in Fort Frances District, two in Kenora District, and two in Red Lake District.

Immediate initial attack has meant most new fires were declared “under control” or “out” within 24 hours.

One fire of note is Kenora Fire #18, in the Ingolf area about 55 km west of Kenora.

Restricted fire zone declared

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has declared a Restricted Fire Zone (RFZ) in Northwestern Ontario to reduce the risk of human-caused wildfires.

Effective as of this morning, the RFZ is in place and will remain so until conditions improve.

The fire hazard is “extreme” because of unusually dry spring conditions which have resulted in increasing fire activity.

Fire scene heating up

Three new fires were confirmed in the region by late yesterday afternoon.

Thunder Bay Fire #2, located near Hawk Lake, has been declared “out” at 0.1 hectares in size.

But Kenora Fire #7, burning near Wabaseemoong First Nation, was listed as “not under control” at 0.5 ha at last report.