Travel restrictions lifted, fire ban remains

Travel restrictions near Fort Frances, due to the 407 hectare Fort Frances 47 fire, have been lifted. But the Ministry of Natural Resources Fire reminds the public, that doesn’t mean all danger has passed.

The public is reminded that Fort Frances 47 is an active fire with ongoing fire suppression. Please be mindful of crews working the fires and near roadways.  

The interior of a forest fire is dangerous and the public should not enter this area. Trees with weakened root systems could fall over and cause injury. There will be visible smoke in the interior of this fire for some time. This is the normal process for extinguishing a forest fire.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry would like to thank the public for their cooperation during this time.

Forest fire is in full swing in the region, with air quality advisories from smoke across the region. At their last update, there were 97 active fires in the northwest region. A total of 39 fires are not under control, 10 fires are being held, 20 fires are under control and 28 fires are being observed.

The Fort Frances sector saw three new fire starts yesterday including Fort Frances 58 (0.1 hectares, not under control) and Fort Frances 58 (0.8 hectares, not under control) – a cluster of small fires east of Lower Manitou Lake, approximately 80 kilometres northeast of Fort Frances.

Several northern First Nations have been evacuated to Thunder Bay due to remote fires. The municipality of Red Lake is on alert to a possible evacuation.

Fires of Note

Kenora 51 

  • Fire is not under control at 84,545 hectares. 
  • Crews are maintaining sprinklers on structures in the vicinity of the fire 
  • Fire has been active over the past several days producing smoke at the local level 
  • Crews are establishing hoselines on sections of the fire 
  • 21 crews and 13 helicopters are assigned to this fire. 
  • An Incident Management Team is established on the fire.

Red Lake 65 

  • Not under control at 11942 hectares  
  • Located approximately 10 kilometres west of Poplar Hill First Nation 
  • Crews are maintaining sprinklers on structures in the vicinity of the fire. 
  • Aerial ignition is being used to bring to the fire to natural boundaries 
  • Continuous air attack on the southern and eastern edges of the fire today

Red Lake 68 

  • Not under control at 21356 hectares  
  • Located southeast of Pringle Lake, approximately 55 kilometres northeast of Red Lake. 
  • Six crews are assigned to this fire.

Red Lake 77 

  • Not under control at 19251 hectares 
  • Approximately 36 kilometres west of Red Lake 
  • Crews are setting up sprinklers to protect communities and critical infrastructure 

Restricted Fire Zone in effect 

Due to high to extreme forest fire hazard conditions, effective 12:01 a.m. Saturday July 10, the Ontario Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry has issued updated boundaries for a Restricted Fire Zone in the Kenora, Fort Frances, Dryden and Thunder Bay Districts and portions of the Sioux Lookout, Red Lake, Nipigon and Wawa Districts.  The Restricted Fire Zone will be in effect until further notice. Outdoor fires are banned. Portable gas stoves may still be used BUT must be handled with extreme care. For a more detailed boundary of the Restricted Fire Zone, and to see where fires are burning, see the interactive fire map at Ontario.ca/forestfire