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MNR sends more sandbags


Flooding and road washouts continue to be a concern in Fort Frances District.

Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services sent 3,000 sandbags to the Fort Frances District over the weekend, as well as 1,000 sandbags to Couchiching First Nation.

Fort Frances District has about 40,000 sandbags on hand while in Thunder Bay at the Provincial Logistics Centre, there are roughly 80,000 sandbags.

Province-wide, there is an estimated 300,000 sandbags that can be sent if required.

On the fire front, only three new blazes were confirmed in the Northwest Region between the evening of June 13 and yesterday afternoon.

All three were in the Red Lake District—two near Sandy Lake First Nation and another about nine km northwest of the Deer Lake First Nation.

No problems were encountered with these fires.

Weekend storm systems rolling throughout the region resulted in widespread rainfall, which has reduced the forest fire hazard significantly.

The forest fires hazard is now “low” for all of Northwestern Ontario, including the Far North.

Every single weather station in the region recorded rainfall.

There currently are four active fires in the region—two listed as “being observed” and two as “under control.”

These fires are displaying minimal fire behaviour and no problems are anticipated.

For tips on how to be “FireSmart” and ensure your campfire is safe, visit

Report forest fires by dialing 310-FIRE (3473).

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