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Active fires top 70 in region

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There were two new fires reported by late yesterday afternoon, but additional blazes still were being investigated.

Red Lake Fire #75 was confirmed roughly eight km west of Deer Lake, and was estimated at 0.2 hectares in size.

Nipigon Fire #60, northeast of Ogoki River Provincial Park, meanwhile was estimated at 50 ha

This fire was “being monitored” at last report.

By the end of the day Wednesday, nine new fires had been confirmed in the Northwest Region.

Multiple new fires are occurring daily, with the majority being in the far north.

Resources, personnel, and equipment are being shipped to the far north to aid in the suppression of these blazes.

There currently are 11 forest fires burning in the far north that are more than 100 ha is size.

The largest fire remains Red Lake #38 at 934 ha located in Woodland Caribou Provincial Park.

Overall, there are more than 70 active fires in the region.

Numerous active fires continue around the communities of Deer Lake, Sandy Lake, and Kee-Way-Win.

There is the potential for smoky conditions, but that

depends greatly on the direction of the wind.

No evacuations are planned at this time.

Weather forecasts over the next few days are conflicting, but it is expected that isolated rain showers will occur overnight and there is the possibility of dry lightning.

This means there will be lightning strikes in areas where there is no associated rainfall.

This is very concerning to fire management as these lightning strikes almost certainly will spark new fires.

Meanwhile, temperatures are expected to stay in the mid-20s C during the day and relative humidity is expected to be low.

As such, if there are new fires out there, they will rise up over the next couple of days.

For anyone who has concerns about forest fire smoke, call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-2000.

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