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Four fires declared ‘out’


No new fires were reported in the Northwest Region by yesterday evening while four fires had been declared “out.”

This drops the total number of active fires in the region down to two.

By day’s end on Wednesday, there were six new fires in the Northwest Region, located in the districts of Dryden, Sioux Lookout, and Nipigon.

These fires all were declared “out” within 24 hours.

Progress continues on Nipigon Fire #11, located about 60 km southeast of Webequie near mining interests.

The fire was mapped to a confirmed size of 210 hectares—down from an estimated 400 ha the previous day.

Air attack on the fire Wednesday proved effective and FireRanger crews successfully installed values protection equipment on structures threatened by the fire.

Ground suppression efforts will continue on Nipigon Fire #11, which is listed as showing smouldering fire behaviour.

It remains classed as “not under control.”

Meanwhile, Dryden Fire #13, located about 100 km northeast of Ignace and about 60 km east of Savant Lake, is “under control” at 0.6 ha in size.

This fire started in the early evening of May 29.

All of the fires in the Northwest Region have been attributed to human causes, with only one to date being caused by lightning.

The weather forecast is calling for rain and high humidity across the region in the next two days.

This already is having a positive effect on the forest fire hazard, which is “low” across the region except for some “moderate to high” pockets in the far north.

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