The Ministry of Natural Resources yesterday responded to two forest fires in this area, including one which continues to burn.
Fort Frances Fire #3 was reported late yesterday morning about 45 km north of here.
The blaze showed intermittent “crown fire” and multiple spot fires, prompting the MNR to respond with aggressive ground and air attack.
The fire currently is classified as “not under control,” and measures four hectares in size.
The cause of the blaze is being investigated.
Meanwhile, Fort Frances Fire #4 was a 0.1-ha fire burning in a located ditch about five km northwest of Pinewood.
It is now “out.”
Fort Frances Fire #2, reported northwest of Atikokan on Monday, also is now “out.”
These new fires bring the total number since April 1 to 77.
There remain two active fires in Dryden District. Dryden Fire #5, located about 32 km north of Dryden in the Blueberry Lake Area, is 0.1 ha in size and classed as “being held.”
Dryden Fire #6, located about 15 km west of Dryden, is “under control” at 0.1 ha in size.
Both fires are slash piles that require heavy equipment to break apart with ongoing commitment from FireRanger crews.
Kenora Fire #15, located southwest of the Sioux Narrows bridge, is a 1.0-ha smouldering fire with FireRanger crews mopping up.
The cause of the fire, which started Tuesday, also is being investigated.
In other news, FireRangers are making good progress on Sioux Lookout District Fires #20, #21, and #22 located within the Town of Pickle Lake.
On Tuesday afternoon, there was a flare-up on a fire and air support from a CL-415 heavy waterbomber and a helicopter helibucket worked to suppress it.
There is a risk of isolated thundershowers near the Ontario/Minnesota border in the forecast, with accompanying lightning.
This will keep the forest fire hazard high across the entire Northwest Region.
Any source of open flame has the potential to become a wildfire.
Human-caused fire pose a special risk as they usually are near people and property.
Report forest fires calling toll-free 310-FIRE (3473).