There were no new fires confirmed in the Northwest Region by the late afternoon of August 23, 2021, according to an update by the Aviation, Forest Fire, and Emergency Services. 

At the time of this update, there were 82 active fires in the northwest region. 10 fires were not under control, 4 fires were being held, 9 fires were under control and 59 fires were being monitored.

The fire hazard is mainly low to moderate with areas of high hazard in the districts of Thunder Bay and Nipigon.

To see the wildland fire hazard near you, visit our interactive map at Ontario.ca/forestfire.  

Fires of Note 

Kenora 51

  • Kenora 51 is 200,667 hectares in size and remains not under control.
  • Kenora 51 remains 20 km north of Wabaseemoong on the northern side of Umfreville Lake.
  • Additional rain is expected in the fire area today and more is forecast over the coming days.
  • The rainfall, cooler temperatures and high relative humidity has reduced fire behaviour and the potential for new fire starts in the area.
  • Crews continue to consolidate hoselines in priority areas on both the east and west perimeters of the fire.
  • Heavy equipment has completed fireguard to the east and south of the fire. 

·         An Incident Management Team is established on the fire.

 

Red Lake 51 – 53,522 ha – being observed 

  • There has been over 100mm of rainfall recorded on this fire since August 1. No

growth and no concerns.

  • FireRangers continue to mop up eastern flanks. 

 

Red Lake 65 –20,254 ha – being observed 

  • There has been over 100mm of rainfall recorded on this fire since August 1. No

growth and no concerns.

  • Priorities are focused on consolidation of eastern flank control lines and patrolling for hotspots, east of Stout Lake. 
  • FireRangers are continuing to make progress extinguishing hotspots. 


Red Lake 77 – 32,799 ha – not under control 

  • Wet weather should help in the containment of this fire. 
  • Significantly reduced fire behaviour on the fire today due to recent rain.
  • FireRangers continue to work from existing hoselines and action hotpots identified by infrared scanning.
  • Fireguard east of the fire is complete