There were four new fires in the Northwest Region by the late afternoon yesterday.
Nipigon fire #47 is a 0.2 hectare lightning caused fire located approximately 77 kilometres east of the far north community of Webequie. The fire is currently “not under control.”
Nipigon fire #48 is a 30 ha. fire located approximately 152 km north of Geraldton. The fire is “not under control.”
Nipigon fire #46 is located 28 km southeast of Geraldton near Gallander Lake. At 0.2 ha., this lightning-caused fire was not under control at the time of this post.
Dryden fire #25 was a short-lived 0.1 ha. fire near the CP rail line at Feist Lake. The fire has been declared “out.”
At the moment there are 69 active fires, 60 of which are “under observation," "being held," or "under control.”
Rainfall across the far north has resulted in a low hazard that extends as far south as Woodland Caribou Provincial Park in the Red Lake District where a cluster of large fires are burning “under observation.”
A “moderate" hazard exists in the Kenora and Sioux Lookout and Dryden Districts. A "high ”hazard exists in the southern portion of the region along the Minnesota border, Thunder Bay, Lake Nipigon and north shore regions.
Meanwhile, Kenora fire #71 has been remapped at 10,887 ha. following successful aerial ignition to bring the fire to natural boundaries.
A total of 160 firefighters have been committed to this fire and are making good progress following rain on the fire.
The basecamp at Minaki is operational to support operations on the fire. Heavy bucket helicopters continue supporting crews consolidating lines on the fire. Crews continue to maintain sprinkler systems on structures in the vicinity of the fire.
Following improved air quality, the 70-80 vulnerable evacuated persons (children, elders and those with respiratory problems) have returned to Wabaseemoong Independent Nation.
Kenora fire #71 is located approximately 23 km north of the community and is not a direct threat to the community at this time.
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is advising the public of an Emergency Area Order for the area around Kenora fire #71 to ensure public safety. As a result the order restricts travel on Werner Lake Rd. as well as Crown land use and travel within the boundaries of the EAO.
Several large fires in Woodland Caribou Park have necessitated some restrictions for backcountry travellers. Ontario Parks is restricting access to some canoe routes as well as access to a number of lakes.
To report a fire, call 310-FIRE (3473)