Two new fires were reported in the Northwest Region since the evening of July 4.
One was a human-caused fire in Quetico Park in Fort Frances District and one at Sandy Lake First Nation in Red Lake District.
Fort Frances Fire #8, a 1.0-hectare blaze burning on an island at the south end of Quetico Park, currently is being monitored.
It started from a campfire left unattended.
Red Lake Fire #15, meanwhile, is listed as “under control” at 1.5 ha in size.
No problems are expected with this fire.
Sunny breaks, followed by rain and thunderstorms, continue to be the pattern for the Northwest Region—and this is forecast to continue for the rest of the week.
This ongoing rain has provided relief in terms of forest fire hazards but is keeping the risk of flooding high in the Kenora, Fort Frances, and Dryden areas, which have been dealing with high water and flooding concerns for weeks now.
The far northern sectors of the region have seen less rain and the fire situation reflects this, with four lightning-caused blazes in Red Lake District and one in Sioux Lookout District.
Most of these fires are being observed through aerial reconnaissance as they burn to natural boundaries.
For “FireSmart” tips, visit www.ontario.ca/fireprevention
A link to the Ontario Fire Danger Map, which is updated daily, can be found at www.ontario.ca/forestfire
Report forest fires by dialing 310-FIRE (3473).