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District records 10th fire


Sioux Lookout and Red Lake each recorded one new fire yesterday while Fort Frances responded to its 10th fire of the season.

Fort Frances Fire #10 was a human-caused blaze located on the Bearpaw Road area off Highway 502.

It was declared “out” as of this morning.

This district has seen fewer fires than any other part of the Northwest Region, with the second-fewest being 22 in Thunder Bay District.

There currently are 33 active fires in Northwestern Ontario. Of these, 24 are being monitored and five are listed as “under control.”

Only two are listed as “not under control.”

No communities are threatened by fire activity in the region at this time.

While the forest fire hazard is “low” and “moderate” for most of the region, a pocket of “high” is developing in the far north portion of the Sioux Lookout and Nipigon districts.

Red Lake Fire #31, estimated at 17,235 hectares in size, remains a priority fire in the region.

This was a lightning-caused blaze that was confirmed July 3 and remains listed as “not under control.”

No community is threatened by this fire at this time.

Smoky conditions will persist until such time as there’s been a significant change in weather or wind shift.

Meanwhile, the replacement of FireRanger crews that have worked their allowable 14-day period is going well.

New crews are replacing the expired ones in a timely fashion.

There are now 53 crews assigned to this fire.

The Type 1 Incident Management Team currently assigned to this fire will be transitioning with the new team over the next few days.

Aerial ignition has occurred on the fire and has been very successful in allowing it to burn to its natural boundaries, such as lakes and bays.

This also has reduced the amount of fire line construction by FireRangers in dangerous blowdown conditions.

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