Red Lake Fire 4 is being held after quick and efficient work from regional fire crews.

The grass fire started just south of Balmertown near Balmer Creek on Tuesday morning and is reported, as of Wednesday morning, as being held at 15.5 hectares.  Two FireRanger crews, one CL-415 waterbomber and one birddog aircraft assisted the Red Lake Fire Department with this fire.

"No action required! The Municipality is aware that a fire of [approximately 6 hectares] in size is burning adjacent to Balmertown and Evolution. The MNRF Fire crews along with Red Lake Fire Rescue Fire Department are working diligently on suppressing this fire. We have been assured by MNRF that this fire is not a threat to the Balmertown Townsite and that the fire will be contained very soon," quoted the Municipality of Red Lake Facebook page on Tuesday. 

Four other fires were discovered in the northwest region by the afternoon of May 11. 

  • Sioux Lookout 2 is under control at 0.1 hectares and is located near Walton Lake, approximately 20 kilometres east of Sioux Lookout.
  • Red Lake 5 is being held at 0.1 hectares and is located near the community of Pikangikum, approximately 90 kilometres north of Red Lake.
  • Dryden 11 is not under control at 0.1 hectares and is located near McEwen Lake, approximately 143 kilometres northeast of Ignace.
  • Nipigon 1 has been declared out at 0.5 hectares and was located near Hardrock Creek in Geraldton

Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services would like to remind the public to use caution when performing any outdoor burning. In order to dispose of yard waste and woody debris, we encourage you to use methods such as composting or using your local landfill. If you must burn, follow Ontario’s outdoor burning regulations.

Fires are to be ignited no sooner than 2 hours before sunset and extinguished no later than 2 hours after sunrise.