Forest fires flare up near northern Ontario First Nations

Three new forest fires were confirmed in northwestern Ontario this weekend by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. All of them are burning out of control near remote First Nations.

Three new forest fires burning out of control near Sandy Lake, Kasabonika Lake and Eabametoong

Ontario's forest fire map shows active fires as of the morning of June 7. Three new fires near remote First Nations were confirmed on Saturday. (ontario.ca)

Three new forest fires are burning out of control near remote First Nations, north of Thunder Bay, Ont. according to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. 

A 1.5 hectare fire is burning near Kasabonika Lake First Nation, a 0.1 hectare fire is burning near Eabametoong First Nation, (also known as Fort Hope), and a 0.2 hectare fire is burning near Sandy Lake First Nation, according to the Ministry.

All of the fires were confirmed and deemed 'not under control' by the Ministry as of Saturday evening. All of them are believed to be caused by humans.

The fire hazard is high to extreme in the northern part of the region, the ministry said.