Several new fires reported in region

the MNRF

Three new fires were confirmed in the Northwest Region yesterday—one each in the districts of Kenora, Red Lake, and Sioux Lookout.
By day’s end Tuesday, there were eight new fires, including seven in Red Lake District and one in Sioux Lookout District.
The main cause of these new fires was lightning.
Red Lake District is managing the fires, which are located in Woodland Caribou Park and north towards the community of Pikangikum.
There is no immediate threat to the community.
The fires in the area are being assessed and managed with a combination of FireRanger crews, ignition teams, and monitoring, allowing some to burn to natural boundaries.
Two of the larger fires include Red Lake Fire #7, which is located in Woodland Caribou Park and classed as “not under control” at 600 hectares in size.
Red Lake Fire #10, also located in Woodland Caribou Park, is 285 hectares in size.
There currently are 11 active fires in the region, including one in Quetico Provincial Park.
It was first reported May 23 and is listed as “being observed.”
The fire hazard is showing “high to extreme” in the northwest sectors of the region, although rain is in the forecast.
Meanwhile, there currently are 74 personnel in the Yukon and 126 personnel in Alberta.
A three-person ignition team and a 15-person Type 1 Incident Management Team also are deploying to Alberta this week.
As well, equipment is being shipped to Alberta, including 100 pump kits and 3,000 lengths of hose.
For more information about the current fire situation and the active fires map, visit ontario.ca/forestfire
Report forest fires by calling 310-FIRE (3473).