Two new fires were confirmed in the Northwest Region by the late afternoon of August 22, 2021, according to an update by the Aviation, Forest Fire, and Emergency Services.

The newly discovered fires were: 

  • Fort Frances 149 has been declared out at 0.1 hectares and was located near Eagle Rock Lake.
  • Nipigon 79 is located approxmately 63 kilometres south of Marten Falls First Nation. The 0.5 hectare fire is not under control. 

At the time of this update there were 93 active fires in the northwest region. Eleven fires were not under control, four fires were being held, 14 fires were under control and 64 fires were being monitored. Three fires were called out today.

The fire hazard is mainly low to moderate with areas of high hazard in the districts of Thunder Bay, Fort Frances and Nipigon. 

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

Fires of Note:
   

Kenora 51  

  • An additional 3-8mm of rain is expected in the fire area on Monday after precipitation amounts ranging from 30-50mm were recorded on various parts of the fire overnight on Friday and into Saturday. 
  • The rainfall, cooler temperatures and high relative humidity has reduced fire behaviour and the potential for new fire starts in the area. 
  • Crews have returned to the fire line, Sunday, after a pause in operations on Saturday due to safety concerns posed by high winds. They continue to consolidate hoselines in priority areas on both the east and west perimeters of the fire. 

Red Lake 51 – 53,522 ha – being observed  

  • There has been over 100mm of rainfall recorded on this fire since August 1. No growth and no concerns.   

Red Lake 65 –20, 254 ha – being observed  

  • There has been over 100mm of rainfall recorded on this fire since August 1. No growth and no concerns.  

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

  • Significantly reduced fire behaviour on the fire today due to recent rain.