The forest fire situation has taken a turn for the worse in Northern Ontario.
The largest of the fires, code named Thunder Bay 57, is burning out of control approximately 100 kilometres northwest of its namesake city.
Since Friday, experts say the blaze has grown exponentially to cover more than 5,000 hectares. Because of its size, firefighters have so far let the blaze to burn on its own.
While crews focus on dousing smaller fires in the area, wind blowing from the north has carried smoke from the biggest fire into Thunder Bay.
With officials warning the fire continues to grow and spread in all directions, emergency crews have been dispatched from Yukon, Saskatchewan, the Northwest Territories, Manitoba, British Columbia and Alberta.
Dozens of new fire starts were reported across northwestern Ontario over the weekend. It’s believed they were sparked by a combination of tinder-dry conditions and lightning strikes fanned by blowing winds.
Despite the number of blazes burning throughout the region, officials say, so far, no residences or property have been destroyed by fire.
Three remote cottages on Armistice Lake — where Thunder Bay fire 57 is raging — have been set up with fire-dousing sprinkler systems.
The fire is believed to be moving away from those residences, however, veering instead towards to licensed tree-planting areas.