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Fire scene slows down

Two new fires were confirmed in the Northwest Region by yesterday afternoon.

Sioux Lookout Fire #199, a small lightning-caused blaze, was declared “out” at 0.1 hectares in size.

But Dryden Fire #36, located near Cherry Lake, was listed as “not under control” at 0.1 ha at last report.

There currently are 138 active fires in the region.

Dozen new fires start

Five new fires were confirmed in the Northwest Region by yesterday afternoon while and seven were confirmed by day's end Saturday.

There were 149 active fires in the region in various states of suppression as of yesterday.

Scattered rainfall has assisted with suppression operations; however, fires continue to burn deep and require extensive effort by fire crews to extinguish.

Fires still starting

Seven new fires were confirmed in the Northwest Region by yesterday afternoon, with eight confirmed by day's end Wednesday.

There's a total of 151 active fires in various states of suppression as of yesterday.

Scattered rainfall has assisted with suppression operations, however, fires continue to burn deep and require extensive effort by fire crews to extinguish.

More news fires sparked

Four new fires were confirmed in the Northwest Region by yesterday afternoon while 20 had been confirmed by day's end Tuesday.

A total of 152 active fires in the region are in various states of suppression as of yesterday.

Scattered rainfall has assisted with suppression operations, but fires continue to burn deep and require extensive effort by crews to extinguish them.

Fire scene heating up

The forest fire situation has escalated throughout the Northwest Region, with upwards of 30 new fires in a day and many northern communities affected by smoke and fires in the surrounding areas.

Ontario has brought in aviation resources from the Great Lakes Forest Fire Compact and Quebec, as well as FireRangers from the Northeast Region in Ontario.

Fire hazard now 'high'

The fire hazard is now “high” in most of the Northwest Region.

Fire activity is expected to increase as forest fuels begin to dry out after the rain events over the last few days.

There were 55 active fires in the Northwest Region as of late yesterday, with 29 of these listed as “being observed.”

The other 26 are being actioned by suppression crews and aircraft.

Ice hut owner sought

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is seeking the public's help in identifying the individual(s) responsible for abandoning an ice hut on Lake of the Woods near Kenora.

Back in the spring, conservation officers received complaints of an ice hut floating in open water on the west side of Coney Island in Lake of the Woods.