News Forest fire update – fire situation improving SHARE ON: Rosalind Russell, staff Thursday, Aug. 16th, 2018 The fire situation has improved in the northwest. Photo: Domtar Newsroom Firefighters extinguished four more wildfires in the northeast on Thursday taking the total number of fires down to 38. The added good news is there were no new fires on Thursday. As we reported yesterday, not a single fire in the northeast is out of control. The fires are either being held, watched or under control. Closer to home, some communities such as Espanola are still under a fire ban. Check with your local municipality to see if there is an open burning ban in place.