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More new fires in north

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More forest fires continue to pop up in the northern part of the region, with eight new fires reported Saturday and another two yesterday.

Among the new fires, Nipigon District fire #51 is estimated to be 300 hectares in size, while Sioux Lookout District fire #41 is estimated to be 10 ha. Both fires were caused by lightning and both fires will be monitored because of their remote and isolated locations.

At this point in time, northwestern Ontario is experiencing a moderate to high increase in daily forest fire activity. Significant amounts of provincial resources are being occupied in Red Lake District as well as Sioux Lookout and Nipigon Districts.

This is because these three districts are making up for the large majority of fire activity in the province of Ontario.

There are 46 active fires in northwestern Ontario right now. Five fires were declared “out” on Saturday.

At this point in time there are no communities directly threatened by these active forest fires. Values protection has been established on some remote properties and structures and will remain in place until such time it is safe to remove this equipment.

Scattered rainfall and isolated thunderstorms continue to pop up across the region bringing lightning strikes which may result in new fires over the next week.

While Thunder Bay, Fort Frances, Dryden and Kenora all are experiencing low fire activity, they are supporting the northern districts with personnel and equipment.

In addition to these regional resources, 20 FireRanger crews from the northeast Region are now fighting fires in northwestern Ontario most of which are in the Red Lake District. Sharing resources such as personnel, equipment and aircraft is common practice in the Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services program.

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