Despite some precipitation, extreme forest fire hazard conditions continue to grip the western half of the northwest region including Kenora, Red Lake, Dryden, Fort Frances and Sioux Lookout districts.
A Restricted Fire Zone continues to be in effect for these regions. The municipalities of Fort Frances, Emo, Chapple, LaVallee and Devlin have also imposed Total Fire Bans until further notice.
“Due to the high to extreme forest fire hazard, the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry has implemented a Restricted Fire Zone in the Kenora, Fort Frances and Dryden Districts, and southern portions of Sioux Lookout and Red Lake Districts. The Restricted Fire Zone will be in effect until further notice, stated a release from MNRF. “Outdoor fires are banned. Portable gas stoves may still be used BUT must be handled with extreme care.”
For a detailed boundary of the Restricted Fire Zone, consult the interactive fire map at Ontario.ca/forestfire.
Thunder Bay and Nipigon Districts feature a high to extreme hazard. Residents beyond the boundaries of the Restricted Fire Zone are asked to consider avoiding outdoor burning while such hazardous conditions persist.
Travel restrictions remain in place north of Fort Frances, as fire crews work to extinguish Fort Frances 47. The 407 hectare fire began June 23, three kilometres north of Naicatchewenin First Nation and is still listed as Not Under Control. More than 20 crews continue work on this fire as fresh crews are cycled in to replace those going on days off.
Infrared scanning of the fire area began Sunday.
New fires in the Fort Frances region include Fort Frances 55, which ignited on July 4, located near Sark Lake in Quetico Provicial Park, approximately 46 kilometres southeast of Atikokan. The 5.0 hectare fire is being observed. Fort Frances 54 began on July 3. The 2.1 hectare fire is located near Britton lake, and is being held. Four other fires are burning in Quetico Park, which all began June 9.
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Fort Frances District, is advising the public that due to extreme forest fire activity from the Fort Frances 47 fire, an Implementation Order remains in effect until further notice that restricts access and use of certain roads and Crown lands.
All travel, use and access to the following areas are prohibited unless authorized by a travel permit issued by the Fort Frances District Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.
This includes all travel on Northwest Bay Road outside of Naicatchewenin First Nation, including West Spencer Road, Woody Road, Alex Road, and Kaiarskon South Road. Also including Charles Road south of the kilometre marker 24 and all branch roads associated with the previously identified road networks.
All use or occupation of Crown lands, on or within 500 metres of the identified roads, is prohibited.
For information on how to obtain a travel permit please call 807-271-0216.