A massive forest fire has been confirmed near a local First Nation community.

Sioux Lookout Fire #17 is currently listed at 629 hectares and is not under control at this time, burning north of Cat Lake First Nation.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry’s Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services branch says there are ten FireRanger crews, five helicopters and 1 fixed-wing aircraft assigned to the fire.

No evacuation orders have been issued to this point.

Cat Lake First Nation is located about 180 km northwest of Sioux Lookout with an on-reserve population of about 500 members.

Elsewhere, the MNRF was also able to confirm a 15-hectare fire northwest of Dryden and west of Rosamond Lake, listed as not under control. Five FireRanger crews have been assigned to fight it.

The MNRF lists the western portions of the region as a high fire hazard at this time, with an extreme hazard east of Willard Lake. All residents are reminded to follow Ontario’s Outdoor Burning regulations.