Despite recent rain a restricted fire zone remains in effect in the Northwest region.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry says while some areas have received considerable amounts of precipitation,

it hasn't been enough to soak the region enough to increase the moisture content what it calls "subsurface fuels".

As well the occasional lightning strike during rainfall can light those fires under the forest floor.

There are currently 55 active fires burning in the region.

Fire crews continue to battle and observe those fires, including some of note:

Sioux Lookout 33 near Wabakimi Provincial Park is currently not under control and sits at just over 60 thousand hectares, heavy equipment has been brought in to construct fire guards to limit spread as hose lines are established.

Excellent progress has been made according to the Ministry on Sioux Lookout 53 is located just over 3 kilometres east of Bearskin Lake First Nation, crews continue to establish hose lines as helicopter bucketing operations provide support, the 334 hectare fire is now considered as being held.

Meanwhile, Red Lake 28, 40 kilometres north of Lac Seul First Nation sits at 19 thousand hectares in size, and like Sioux Lookout 53 land and air assets continue to try and bring the blaze under control.