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Far north seeing fires

The forest fire situation in the Northwestern Ontario remains steady, with five active fires in the region.

There currently are four listed as “being observed” and one small blaze listed as “under control,” all of which are in the far north.

No problems are anticipated with these fires as they do not pose a threat to people or property.

One new fire reported

FireRanger crews in the Fort Frances and Kenora districts continue to provide flood protection support, primarily with the placement of sandbags.

Rain continues to fall in the region, resulting in ongoing flood concerns.

This support is provided through co-ordination with district emergency response teams of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

Flood warning remains in effect here

The Ministry of Natural Resources (Fort Frances District) is reminding area residents that the flood warning remains in effect for the Fort Frances, Rainy River, and Atikokan areas.

Recent rainfall has resulted in very high inflow conditions throughout all watersheds within the district, including the Seine River, Atikokan River, Rainy Lake, and Lake of the Woods.

Be cautious around water: MNR

Residents are reminded that the flood warning remains in effect for the Atikokan, Fort Frances, and Rainy River areas.

Recent rainfall has resulted in very high inflow conditions throughout all watersheds within the district, including the Seine River, Atikokan River, Rainy Lake, and Lake of the Woods.

Quiet on fire scene

There remains three active fires in the region—two in Red Lake District and one in Sioux Lookout District.

FireRangers in the Fort Frances District yesterday were responding to a possible fire report about 25 km southeast of Atikokan.

It has not yet been confirmed.

Fire hazard dampened

The forest fire hazard is “low” across the south sectors of the Northwest Region and climbing into “moderate” across the Far North.

However, as the weekend approaches, it looks like rain is in the forecast for most of Northwestern Ontario.

One new fire was confirmed yesterday—a small blaze smouldering in an old slash pile on the Graham Road in Dryden District.

Hazard varies

There is a mixture of potential road washouts and floods in the southern sectors of the region while new forest fires started in the northwest sectors.

The forest fire hazard reflects these variable conditions, with “low” hazards in the south and “moderate” to “high” hazards in the northwest.