A number of large and out-of-control forest fires continue to burn in northwestern Ontario.
Kenora Fire 27, about 52 kilometres north of the city, is listed at 2,600-hectares in size. Fire crews with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry say they’re setting up sprinklers on structures in the area ahead of the fire.
Kenora Fire 25, which was formerly Fire 26 before three separate fires became one, evacuated Hawk lake and Willard Lake residents earlier this week is now listed at about 2,000-hectares, and waterbombers are continuing to support ground crews. There’s another 300-hectare fire east of Kenora, with two additional fires under 2 hectares each.
Red Lake’s Fire 10 west of the community is reported to be 6,500-hectares in size. There’s also a 3,000-hectare fire north of Sioux Lookout, near Lac Seul First Nation, with a 30-hectare fire in the Dryden area.
The forest fire hazard is listed as high to extreme across the region with 26 active forest fires listed.
The MNRF is reminding boaters this weekend that when waterbombers approach a body of water, move close to the shore so they can scoop up water safely. They will not scoop from a lake or river if a nearby watercraft is posing a safety hazard.