Kenora Fire Number 28 is now a 350-hectare fire. There are 10 fire ranger crews committed to the fire and are making great progress establishing hose lines.

The fire burned three power line poles on May 23, but hydro crews replaced the poles and repaired the line to restore power and the Shoal Lake Road, which had been temporarily closed, is passable for residents within the community of Shoal Lake. The fire behaviour is classed as smouldering.

Deb MacLean offered an update Monday morning.

"There is an incident management team on standby, to look at managing that fire," she said. "It's still classed as not under control."

She noted it'll be a few days, before it's considered out. However, she said there weren't concerns about traffic along the Trans-Canada, or along the road to the First Nation.

"Smoke shouldn't be an issue at this point," she said.

There were three forest fires on the weekend that blocked highways. Along with the one at Shoal Lake, there were also fires near Dryden and Sioux Lookout.

A fire near the junction of Hwy. 502 and Hwy. 594 west of Dryden forced the evacuation of residents along Lever Road. With the help of firefighters from Oxdrift and Dryden, along with the OPP, the residents were allowed back into their homes before sunset.

"All of those fires are being investigated," she said, noting the fire near Sioux Lookout was likely caused by a lightning strike.

Motorists are being asked to take extra care, when approaching fire crews, who may be working near the side of the highway.

"There is a safety concern. So, we do ask people to slow down and take care, when driving by," she said.

For more information:
Firefighters save homes near Dryden
Shoal Lake Road open again
Traffic resumes on Hwy. 516
Current fire conditions
Traveller's information