The forest fire hazard in Northwestern Ontario continues to be from high to extreme. Across the province, a total of over 160 active forest fires are burning, threatening communities, and forcing communities to evacuate.

Kenora Conservative MP Eric Melillo is very thankful for the work firefighters are doing to contain the fires.

“We're all incredibly thankful. I don't think we can say thank you loud enough to all the fire crews and those working to keep the blazes at bay, just tremendous work to keep our region safe,” said Melillo

Melillo also wanted to thank the people across Northwestern Ontario that have helped in any way during this very impacted forest fire season

“I want to extend my appreciation to everyone who's been stepping up around Kenora and across the region to donate in different ways or help evacuees to ensure that the process is as seamless as possible. It's great to have the community come together and support those that need some help right now.”

To date, Deer Lake, Pikangikum, North Spirit Lake, and Cat Lake First Nation communities have been evacuated due to forest fires. Poplar Hill First Nation evacuees were able to return home on Friday.

The Kenora 55, Red Lake 65, Red Lake 77, Red Lake 51, and Sioux Lookout 60 are all the fires of note in Northwestern Ontario.