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Lightning sparks fires

“Dry lightning” activity resulted in rapid fire starts in the vicinity of Kingfisher Lake First Nation in the far north as of yesterday afternoon.

Sioux Lookout Fire #31, located six km east of Kingfisher Lake First Nation, was listed as “being held” at 0.2 hectares in size at last report.

Lightning sparks fires

On the hunt for new lightning-caused fires, OMNR detection aircraft had spotted five new blazes in the Northwest Region by late yesterday afternoon.

Forest fuels have proven receptive to at least a few of the roughly 44,000 lightning strikes to occur in the region over the past five days.

Sioux Lookout Fire #28 was spotted about 80 km southwest of Pickle Lake.

Fire hazard on the rise

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

Red Lake Fire #49, located near Guest Lake, was listed as “being held” at 0.5 hectares in size at last report.

Kenora Fire #64, located near Crowduck Lake, has been declared “out” at 0.1 ha.

Two fires were sparked in Fort Frances District on Thursday.

Five new fires sparked

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

Sioux Lookout Fire #22, located in the far north near Windigo Lake, was listed as “being observed” at 30 hectares in size.

Sioux Lookout Fire #23, burning near Opakopa Lake, 20 km southwest of Weagamow Lake First Nation, was listed as “not under control” at 40 ha at last report.

Fire hazard on the rise

Despite an escalating forest fire hazard in the Northwest Region, no new fires were reported by yesterday afternoon.

A late fire start on the evening of June 18 was found near the far north community of Webequie.

Nipigon Fire #12, which escaped a trench at the community's dump site, was listed as “being held” at 0.1 hectares in size at last report.

Two new fires

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

Kenora Fire #58 was caused by lightning in the southwest corner of Whitefish Bay on Lake of the Woods.

At 0.3 hectares in size, it was listed as “not under control” at last report.

Kenora Fire #57, meanwhile, was a short-lived fire start near Red Deer Lake.

Four fires in region

One new fire was confirmed in the Northwest Region by yesterday afternoon.

Red Lake Fire #39, a 0.2-hectare blaze located about nine km southeast of Pikangikum, was listed as “not under control” at last report.

Several lightning-caused fires also emerged during the evening hours of Saturday in the far north of Sioux Lookout District.