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More fires spring up


Reports of new fires still were coming in yesterday in the Northwest Region, with six confirmed by early evening.

As of press time, there are 40 active fires in the region, including two in Kenora District, 16 in Nipigon District, nine in Red Lake District, and 13 in Sioux Lookout District.

The combined area burned by these fires is 32,241.8 hectares.

Since April 1, there have been 253 fires in the region, charring 40,222.3 ha.

Two fires of note are Red Lake Fires #24 and #31.

The first one received more than 20 mm of rain on Monday, and was declared “being held” at 300 hectares by Wednesday evening.

There is an Incident Commander 3 on this fire, along with seven crews and a helicopter.

Mop-up and patrol with hand tools is ongoing and infrared scanning is being used to find hot spots.

The plan is to continue with this infrared scanning for the next few days, with an expectation of beginning demobilization of resources by the weekend.

Red Lake Fire #31, meanwhile, is an 18,556 ha in size although progress is being reported on all divisions around the fire.

Crews are patrolling fire lines looking for hot spots, using helicopter bucket support where needed to douse these areas.

Equipment is being removed from areas that are clear.

Wednesday was a good day with infrared hot spots being identified and put out along several kilometres of the fire.

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