One new fire was discovered in the northwest region by the late afternoon of Aug. 21, according to an update by Aviation, Forest Fire, and Emergency Services.

The newly discovered fire was:

  • Dryden 129 is located near Press Lake, approximately 36 kilometres north of Ignace. The 0.1 hectare fire has been called out.

At the time of this update there were 98 active fires in the northwest region. A total of 14 fires were not under control, four fires were being held, 16 fires were under control and 64 fires were being observed. Four fires were called out today.

The wildland fire hazard is mainly low to moderate across the region with the exception of areas of high to extreme hazard in the Fort Frances, Thunder Bay and Nipigon sectors. 

To see the fire hazard near you, check the interactive fire map at Ontario.ca/forestfire  

 

Fires of Note:
Kenora 51 – 200,667 hectares, not under control 

  • Rain gauge reports from the Kenora 51 fire area showed overnight rainfall amounts ranging from 30mm to 52mm. 
  • Rainfall, cooler temperatures and high relative humidity will reduce fire behaviour and the potential for new fire starts in the area. More unsettled weather and precipitation is expected over the next several days. 
  • Crews have dismantled values protection equipment in Wabaseemoong as evacuees return. 
  • Heavy equipment has completed fireguard to the east and south of the fire.  
  • Crews have been removed from the fire line today due to high winds. When conditions improve, they will continue establishing hose lines in priority areas. 

Red Lake 51 – 53,522 ha – being observed 

  • There has been over 50 mm of rain in the last 24 hours with total rainfall recorded on this fire since Aug 1 of over 100 mm. No growth and no concerns. 
  • FireRangers continue to mop up eastern flanks. 
  • Demobilization of values protection equipment in the community of Deer Lake is complete. 

Red Lake 65 –20, 254 ha – being observed 

  • There has been over 50 mm of rain in the last 24 hours with total rainfall recorded on this fire since Aug 1 of over 100 mm. No growth and no concerns. 
  • Priorities are focused on consolidation of eastern flank control lines and patrolling for hotspots, east of Stout Lake. 
  • FireRangers are continuing to make progress extinguishing hotspots. 


Red Lake 77 – 32, 799 ha – not under control 

  • Weather Stations near the fire area have recorded over 30 mm of rain in the past 24 hours 
  • Wet weather should help in the containment of this fire. 
  • The western flank of RED77 had been showing more active fire behaviour with open flame and torching; FireRangers are working on these areas. 
  • Infrared scanning continues. 
  • Fireguard east of the fire is complete