MNRF provides updates on two fires of note

Ken Kellar

Even as one fire in the region has been brought under control, another sizeable blaze is continuing to keep residents from their homes.
Red049, the 552 hectare fire that forced the evacuation of Red Lake and the surrounding municipalities last week, remains under control following considerable efforts by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) and local firefighters to combat the blaze and keep the town safe. Due to the efforts made in fighting the fire, the Ministry has begun to demobilize crews, personnel and equipment from the area and will continue to do so over the coming days. 15 FireRanger crews remain on site continuing to suppress the fire, with four helicopters providing support.
Meanwhile, a sizeable fire that has caused an evacuation of vulnerable residents of Eabametoong First Nation, or Fort Hope, is mostly stable according to the ministry. The 6,678 hectare fire has remained unchanged in size for the past several days, which the MNRF attributes to scattered rainfall, cloud cover and high relative humidity. 23 crews are working on fighting the fire along with support from seven helicopters and sustained action crews from Eabametoong
Eabametoong community members have been under an evacuation order since August 11, and Eabametoong chief Harvey Yesno told CBC News that while people are anxious to return home, they have been well cared for in their host communities of Thunder Bay, Timmins and Kapuskasing.
Eabametoong First Nation is located approximately 360 kilometres north of Thunder Bay on Eabamet Lake.
No new fires were reported in the Northwest Region as of the late afternoon of August 18. At the time of the MNRF’s last update there were 19 active fires in the region, with only one listed as not under control. The fire hazard remains moderate to low across the region.