The forest fire hazard continues to climb in the region, as we’re in the middle of a hot-stretch. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry says that the forest fire hazard is high across most of the region, with 16 active fires still burning in the area. There were five new fires found yesterday afternoon alone.

Sioux Lookout Fire Number 22 is being observed at 30 hectares in size, and is located in the far north of the Sioux Lookout district near Windigo Lake.

Sioux Lookout Fire Number 23 is listed as not under control at 40 hectares in size, and is also located in the far north of the Sioux Lookout district. It is near Opakopa Lake, 20 kilometres southwest of Weagamow Lake First Nation.

Nipigon Fire Number 13 is listed at not under control at 70 hectares near Turley lake. Nipigon Fire Number 14 is listed as not under control at 2 hectares, and is located southwest of Neskantaga First Nation. A small fire was also found new Dowling Lake in the Red Lake district.

Red Lake Fire 38 remains active, and is 3,802 hectares in size located to the southeast of North Spirit Lake in the far north. An Incident Management Team has been assigned to this fire and ignition operations are being used to limit the fire’s spread to the north. Air tankers continue an effort to help bring the fire under control.

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