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Smoke drifting into area

Heavy smoke is drifting into the Fort Frances, Kenora, and Dryden areas from large fires burning in northern and western Canada, as well as the U.S.

Smoky conditions likely will exist until weather patterns change.

People with health concerns from smoke should call TeleHealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.

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.