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Fire scene stays quiet

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The fire scene remains quiet in the West Fire Region.

There are still 16 active fires in the region, but they are not posing any problems.

Of those blazes, 12 are in the northern sectors of Nipigon District, two are in Red Lake District, one is in Kenora District, and one is in Fort Frances District.

The Kenora and Fort Frances fires are located in areas, identified under fire management plans, where fire plays an essential role in forest health and sustainability.

These fires will be monitored and not suppressed as they are not posing any threat to people or property, and are helping with ecosystem renewal.

The fire hazard is expected to drop to “low” by mid-week with rain and cloud cover coming into the region from the west.

However, “moderate” to “high” fire hazards, along with high winds, will persist in the southern sectors of the Thunder Bay and Nipigon districts until the weather system reaches them later in the week.

Any source of ignition under these conditions means fires could spread quickly.

People should use caution with all outdoor fires. And remember, if it’s windy—don’t burn.

For more information on how to be “FireSmart,” visit ontario.ca/fireprevention

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