News Change In Weather May Further Stoke Fires SHARE ON: Nick Birnie, contributor, Tuesday, Aug. 7th, 2018 The affect forest fire smoke is having in the area. Katlyn Marie took this shot as you leave Sturgeon Falls and head toward North Bay. A possible change in weather today could end up starting a dozen more wildfires in Northeastern Ontario. According to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry high humidity levels prior to the weekend helped crews maintain a good control of active forest fires within the region, as currently 44 are active with 18 not under control. However, an MNRF spokesperson says the forecasting of dryer conditions early this week, combined with high temperatures and some southerly winds may stoke the fires. They say if this does happen, the ministry has the resources including the help from the United States and Mexico as well as the rest of Canada to respond appropriately. Currently the closest fire to the local area is Cochrane 35, which is seven hectares long and located roughly 90 kilometres northeast of the Town of Cochrane. Here is a full update from the MNRF.