The recent rainfall has dropped the forest fire hazard across the district, but firefighters are still dealing with a number of large forest fires in the area.

There are currently 32 active forest fires in the region, 26 of which are either under control, being held or are under observation. Eight of those fires began yesterday, following a cluster of lightning strikes.

Of note, there is an 820 hectare fire near Nipigon that began on June 20, and was sparked by a lightning strike. Crews are still battling a 3,200 hectare fire near Sioux Lookout, that began burning on June 24.

A 3,739 hectare fire near Red Lake that started more than a month ago is listed as under observation. There’s also a 2,000 hectare fire near Red Lake that began yesterday, that was started by lightning. That fire is currently being observed by fire crews.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry says that the Kenora district and the southern portion of the Red Lake district have a low forest fire hazard. A moderate hazard exists in the Dryden area, and the far north still has a high hazard.