A number of firefighters from Kenora Fire and Emergency Services have headed to the Red Lake area to assist crews as they battle a number of wildfires near the community.
Kenora Fire Chief Kent Readman details what the Kenora crew will be doing.
"Yesterday the City of Kenora Fire and Emergency Services received a request from Red Lake Fire and MNRF to deploy resources up to Red Lake to assist with values protection," said Chief Readman.
"Today a crew of four firefighters was deployed. They'll be there for the next two days, today and tomorrow, and then returning after that," Chief Readman added
Six members of the Ear Falls Fire Department has been sent to the Red Lake 77 fire to assist in setting up sprinklers on values in the community.
A number of firefighters, from multiple departments in the region, have also been deployed to assist with values protection in the Red Lake area.
The Municipality of Red Lake and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) continue to closely monitor the forest fire conditions as Red Lake 77 and 16 are progressing close to the community.
Red Lake 77 is currently listed as "not under control" at 6,900 hectares or 69 km².
Red Lake 16 is listed as "being observed" at 70,575.4 hectares or 705.754 km².
A Facebook post yesterday from the Municipality of Red Lake stated “There remains a high probability that an evacuation will be issued in the coming days unless there is a significant improvement in weather and wind conditions.”
The Municipality will be providing an update at 3 p.m. this afternoon.
The forest fire hazard across the district remains high to extreme and the restricted fire zone remains in place.