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Fire hazard staying high

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Four new fires were confirmed in the West Fire Region by yesterday evening.

There are now 30 active fires in the region in the districts of Nipigon, Red Lake, Sioux Lookout, and Thunder Bay.

Fires of note include Red Lake Fire #7, multiple lightning-caused blazes in the northern areas of Sioux Lookout and Nipigon districts, and Thunder Bay Fire #24.

An incident management team has been assigned to Red Lake #7, which is located about 100 km northeast of Red Lake and 45 km west of Cat Lake.

There was some concern that this fire, which grew in size to 1,400 on Tuesday, would challenge firefighting resources.

But good progress has been made on the fire and an ignition team has been dispatched to the fire, with the possibility of a backburn operation to help contain the fire’s advance.

Meanwhile, Thunder Bay #24 is a lightning-caused blaze located 35 km northwest of Thunder Bay in the Dog Lake area.

This fire, reported Tuesday night, by a commercial fishing resort, is burning in weather-damaged forest fuels.

Firefighting involves working on steep slopes off the north shores of Dog Lake in East Bay and cutting through the damaged forest fuels.

Three FireRanger crews and two Type 2 crews are committed to this fire, and are making excellent progress.

The weather forecast is calling for continued sunny weather and hot temperatures across the region, keeping the fire hazard “high” to “extreme.”

Heading into the weekend, however, rain is forecast along with a drop in temperature.

Should this rain and cooler weather appear, it is expected to ease the fire hazard considerably by Sunday.

But until this break in weather occurs, the fire hazard is expected to remain high and multiple fire starts to continue.

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