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From the MNRF

Fire crews making headway

FireRanger crews continue to chip away at the Northwest Region's active fire load while wet weather over the past 48 hours is keeping new fire starts to a minimum.

High drought code values in the region, a measure of moisture levels deep in the soil, are expected to influence new lightning starts as the fire hazard rebounds and fuels on the surface become more receptive to burning.

Fire scene slows

Lower temperatures and precipitation have had a cooling effect on the regional forest fire situation.

There currently are 93 active fires in the region, 63 of which are listed as “under observation," nine as "under control," and seven as "being held.”

The other 14 are listed as “not under control.”

Lightning sparks more fires

It was another busy day for lightning fire starts as the Northwest Region recorded 16 new fires by the early yesterday evening.

Resources are strained as the fire load has increased to 111 active fires. Twenty-eight of those fires are “not under control," 10 are "being held," 10 are "under control," and 63 are "being observed.”

Four new fires sparked in region

There were four new fires in the Northwest Region by the late afternoon yesterday.

Nipigon fire #47 is a 0.2 hectare lightning caused fire located approximately 77 kilometres east of the far north community of Webequie. The fire is currently “not under control.”

Nipigon fire #48 is a 30 ha. fire located approximately 152 km north of Geraldton. The fire is “not under control.”

Caliper Lake blaze among five new fires

Five new fires were reported in the Northwest Region by yesterday afternoon.

Fort Frances Fire #22, located near Caliper Lake, was listed as “not under control” at 0.5 hectares in size at last report.

Dryden Fire #24, located near Basket Lake, also was listed as “not under control” at 0.5 hectares.

The other three new fires were located in Red Lake District.

Eight new fires ignite

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

One of those was Kenora Fire #80, a 0.1-hectare blaze located near Ash Bay on Lake of the Woods.

It was listed as “being held” at last report.

The other seven fires were located in Red Lake District (five) and Nipigon District (two).