There were three new forest fires confirmed yesterday evening in the region.
Fort Frances fire #12 is not under control at 0.1 hectares in size and is located near Price Lake, approximately 44 kilometres west of Atikokan.
Kenora fire #45 is not under control at 0.5 ha. and is located near Routine Lake, approximately 74 km northwest of Kenora.
Red Lake fire #48 is being held at 0.5 ha. and is located near Bruce Lake, approximately 15 km north of Ear Falls.
There are currently 21 active fires in the region. Five are not under control, two fires are being held, five fires are under control, and nine fires are being observed.
The forest fire hazard is predominantly high to extreme across the region. Rain is in the forecast for the next few days.
Red Lake fire #23 is eight km south of the community of Keewaywin. This fire is currently 71,993 ha. in size.
The incident management team is established in Sandy Lake First Nation. Community sprinkler set-ups are ongoing.
Aerial ignition techniques have been used on the fire with support by crews and helicopter bucketing along the Dawson River.
Red Lake fire #39 is 40,439 ha. in size.
This fire is being managed by an incident management team as part of a larger cluster of fires.
Sprinklers have been installed on the southwest side of the community.
The primary objective is to bring the fire into natural boundaries and prevent the fire from further spread towards Pikangikum.
The fire is approximately six km southwest of the community of Pikangikum on the opposite side of the lake.
Red Lake fire #40 is not under control at 23,737 ha. and is located near Nungesser Lake, approximately 40 km north of Red Lake.
Sprinkler set-ups on structures and dozer line construction continues on this fire.
Crews continue to reinforce control lines and dozer guards along the fire.
More crews and heavy equipment have been assigned to this fire.