Fire starts expected: MNR


There were three new fires in the Northwest Region as of last night.
Fire management personnel continue to fight more than 100 active forest fires across the entire Northwest Region. Just three of these are in the east end of Fort Frances District, in Quetico Provincial Park.
Smoky conditions are being reported in the region as a result of the forest fires.
There is no significant rainfall forecast for the Northwest Region in the next three to five days, so increased fire activity and new fire starts are expected, according to the MNR.
Fire crews and overhead staff are being replaced with fresh personnel when people reach their maximum allowable work time—which follows a 14 day time frame. The Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre based in Winnipeg is coordinating with other provinces, Parks Canada and the United States to replace resources as needed.
The return of evacuated First Nations communities in the north is now complete. Approximately 3,591 people were evacuated from various First Nations communities due to risks associated with forest fires and smoke.
The final return of 164 Deer Lake residents to their community was done Wednesday.
The ministry continues to work with community officials to assess threats from fire and smoke and remains actively engaged in community protection and ensuring fire-fighter safety.