Two new fires were confirmed in the Northwest Region by yesterday afternoon.
Kenora Fire #58 was caused by lightning in the southwest corner of Whitefish Bay on Lake of the Woods.
At 0.3 hectares in size, it was listed as “not under control” at last report.
Kenora Fire #57, meanwhile, was a short-lived fire start near Red Deer Lake.
It since has been declared “out.”
There currently are 14 active fires in the Northwest Region, 11 of which are listed as “under control" or "being observed.”
The fire of note in the region is Red Lake Fire #38, which has grown to 2,212 hectares in size as it burns away from the far north community of North Spirit Lake (located 15 km to the northwest of the blaze).
An air attack team has been assigned to this fire in an effort to get it under control.
The region is under a predominantly “high" forest fire hazard, with pockets of "moderate" hazard in the Fort Frances District and "low” hazard in the Thunder Bay District and North Shore areas.
To report a forest fire, call 310-FIRE (3473).