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Forest Fire, Evacuation Northwestern Ontario

Forest Fire, Evacuation Northwestern Ontario

Smoke Conditions NWO and Northern Minnesota

NORTHWESTERN, ONTARIO ~~~~~~  July 13, 2021  (LSN)  There are currently four CL415 waterbombers and a four overhead staff from Quebec, as well as nine Firefighters from Wisconsin assisting the province of Ontario.

There were 18 new fires confirmed in the northwest region by the late afternoon of July 13. 

Regional Fire Situation: July 13, 2021

  • There were 10 new fires confirmed in the northwest region by the late afternoon of July 13. 
    • Sioux Lookout 53 is located near Tamblyn Lake, approximately 58 kilometres northwest of Bearskin Lake in the far north. The 25 hectare fire is being observed.
    • Kenora 76 was located near Roughrock Lake, approximately 13 kilometres north/northwest of Minaki. The 0.1 hectare fire is out.
    • Nipigon 36 (3.6 hectares), Nipigon 37 (25 hectares) and Nipigon 39 (0.2) hectares are a cluster of fires ranging from 25 to 53 kilometres east of Nakina. Each of these fires is not under control.
    • Dryden 57 is located near Canoe Island on Eagle Lake, approximately 10 kilometres south of Vermilion Bay. The 0.1 hectare fire is not under control.
    • Red Lake 98 is located near the Bradburn River and the Manitoba provincial boundary, approximately 157 kilometres northwest of Red Lake. The 0.8 hectare fire is not under control.
    • Nipigon 38 is located north of Toronto Lake, approximately 80 kilometres west/northwest of Nakina. The 1.0 hectare fire is not under control.
    • Kenora 77 is located south of Umfreville Lake approximately 14 kilometres northwest of Wabaseemoong Independent Nation. The 0.1 hectare fire is not under control.
    • Kenora 78 is located near Malachi Lake, approximately 8 kilometres northeast of Ingolf. The 0.8 hectare fire is not under control
  • At the time of this update there were 71 active fires in the region. 24 fires are not under control, three fires are being held, 29 are being observed and 15 fires are under control.
  • The wildland fire hazard is high to extreme in the Fort Frances, Dryden, Thunder Bay and southern Nipigon districts. The Red Lake, Sioux Lookout, Kenora, and northern Nipigon districts have a mainly low to moderate hazard.
  • Smoke drift in Red Lake, Kenora, Sioux Lookout, and Nipigon will continue to be experienced by communities in close proximity to wildland fires in those Districts and across the far north. Smoke drift from fires burning in the western provinces of Canada may also be detectable today across much of the province.
  • Aviation Forest Fires and Emergency Services (AFFES) is currently responding to many fires on the landscape. Stay informed of the location, size, status of all active wildland fires in the province on the interactive fire map at

Current evacuations

Last updated: July 13, 2021
Due to smoke from ongoing forest fires, residents from affected communities are being evacuated as a precautionary measure.

Affected areas evacuating

Evacuating community Current status Host communities
Poplar Hill First Nation Ongoing evacuation
  • Thunder Bay
  • Kapuskasing
  • Cochrane
Deer Lake First Nation Ongoing evacuation
  • Thunder Bay
  • Cornwall


Northwestern Ontario 
Kenora, Atikokan, Dryden, Ear Falls, Emo, Machin, Fort Frances, Rainy River, Red Lake, Sioux Lookout,Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls, Thunder Bay, Red Rock Nipigon, Marathon, Terrace Bay, GreenStone, Longlac, Ontario 

Northern Minnesota
Duluth, St. Louis County, Lake County, Two Harbors, Silver Bay, Cook County, Grand Marais, Grand Portage, Carlton County, Itasca County, Koochiching County, Lake of the Woods County, Internation Falls, Grand Rapids,  Minnesota 

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