New fires reported, but hazard cooling

Press Release

There were eight new fires found in the region by the time of reporting yesterday, reported the Ministry of Natural Resources.
Windy conditions prevailed throughout the day along with a shift in temperature conducting thunderstorm activities in many parts of the region.
Much cooler temperatures are expected to continue to move into the region with moderate amounts of rainfall and possible snow flurries.
Strong gusty winds are forecasted to continue as well.
Cloud cover and cooler temperatures have eased the fire hazard into “moderate” status.
Currently there are 45 active fires in the Northwest region affecting an area of 479,875.8 hectares of forest. There is seven fires in Fort Frances District, eight in Nipigon District, four in Kenora District, four in Red Lake District, 14 in Sioux Lookout District, eight fires in Thunder Bay District.
Meanwhile, heavy smoke and ash from a forest fire burning south of the U.S border drifted smoke into areas in and around Thunder Bay District yesterday.
Gusting south, southwest winds pushed the heavy smoke northwards impacting visibility and air quality.
The forest fire is located in Ely, Min. and is approximately 11,200 acres in size.
The Minnesota State DNR placed a temporary burning permit restriction on much of Minnesota because of dry, windy conditions as of recent.
Call the Forest Fire Information Hotline at 1-888-258-8842.