The was one new fire discovered in the Northwest Region by the late afternoon of August 25, 2021, according to an update by the Aviation, Forest Fire, Emergency Services.

The newly discovered fire was:

  • Thunder Bay 101 is located approximately 8 kilometres south of Upsala. The 0.3 hectare fire is not under control. 

At the time of this update there were 83 active fires in the northwest region. A total of 10 fires were not under control, three fires were being held, 11 fires were under control and 59 fires are being observed. 

The wildland fire hazard is high to extreme in the Fort Frances and portions of the Thunder Bay and Nipigon sectors. Hazard conditions in the Dryden sector range from low to high depending on the location. Low to moderate hazard conditions prevail in the Kenora, Red Lake and Sioux Lookout sectors. 

To see the wildland fire hazard near you, visit our interactive map at   

Fires of Note: 

Kenora 51 – 200,667 hectares - not under control 

  • The fire area will still be influenced by cloudy conditions and the possibility of rain today. Thursday is forecast to have a mix of sun and clouds. 
  • The rainfall, cooler temperatures and high relative humidity has reduced fire behaviour and the potential for new fire starts in the area. 
  • Infrared scanning is being utilized to identify hotspots for crews to extinguish. 
  • Crews continue to work 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. 

Red Lake 77 – 36,038 hectares – not under control

  • Size has been updated based on updated and more accurate mapping. 
  • Significantly reduced fire behaviour on the fire today due to recent rain and cooler temperatures. There has been approximately 25mm of rain on the fire over the past five days.  
  • FireRangers continue to work from existing hoselines and action hotpots identified by infrared scanning. 
  • Fireguard east of the fire is complete.