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Far north seeing fires


The forest fire situation in the Northwestern Ontario remains steady, with five active fires in the region.

There currently are four listed as “being observed” and one small blaze listed as “under control,” all of which are in the far north.

No problems are anticipated with these fires as they do not pose a threat to people or property.

Canada Day was a quiet one across the region with no new fires reported.

Three new fires were confirmed Monday—all of which were 0.1 hectares in size, human-caused, and have since been called “out.”

These fires easily were handled by Ontario FireRangers in the Fort Frances, Thunder Bay, and Nipigon districts.

Two new fires were confirmed Sunday; one each in the Kenora and Sioux Lookout districts.

Kenora Fire #7 has since been called “out” while Sioux Lookout Fire #9 currently is listed as “under control” at 0.3 ha in size.

The forest fire hazard is “low” for the majority of the region, with the exception of the Nipigon and Thunder Bay districts, where the forest fire hazard remains “moderate” to “high.”

The Nipigon and Thunder Bay districts also are experiencing high winds and have not had as much rainfall as the other districts.

Flooding and water levels remain a concern across the region and sandbagging efforts continue.

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