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Fire threat easing

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The forest fire hazard for the Northwest Region now sits comfortably at “low to moderate,” the Ministry of Natural Resources reported yesterday afternoon.

Fall weather has relative humidity levels up to almost 100 percent in parts of the region, with cloudy skies and wet weather forecast to persist into the weekend.

This will help keep forest fire activity to a minimum, the MNR noted.

With the coming of fall, the shorter days, cool nights, and frost also have helped to lower the forest fire hazard.

Provincial and regional resources remain at an adequate level to handle the expected fire load.

FireRangers that were on deployment in Minnesota since Sept. 6 returned home to Fort Frances today, and will be replaced by four refreshed FireRangers.

There are 23 fires currently being observed or monitored in Northwestern Ontario.

Some of these fires are longstanding while some are relatively new. However, none of these fires are posing a threat to people or property.

Fort Frances District continues to monitor five fires in Quetico Provincial Park.

In related news, the MNR wishes to remind hunters that FireRangers still are working in the bush.

Fires do occur in the fall, and it is very important that hunters be aware that FireRangers may be working in hunting areas.

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