Forest fires are still starting throughout northwestern Ontario, despite the recent rainy weather. Staff with the Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services branch of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry say that there are currently 6 active forest fires in the region.
There were two new fires confirmed on Wednesday afternoon. Red Lake Fire Number 30, which is located 60 kilometres west of Poplar Hill First Nation, is listed at over 3700 hectares in size. Crews are continuing to work on suppressing the fire.
The forest fire hazard is low to moderate across most of the region, with the exception of an area in the Nipigon District – which is listed as having a high forest fire hazard.
The restricted fire zone in the northwest has now been lifted thanks to the rain. However, staff still urge the public to ensure campfires are fully extinguished and to follow the guidelines under the Forest Fires Prevention Act - including no day time burning of brush and woody debris.