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One new fire starts


Only one new fire was confirmed yesterday in the Northwest Region.

Red Lake Fire #90, located in the community of Kee-Way-Win, is small at 0.1 hectares in size.

Northwestern Ontario, meanwhile, finally has received relief from Mother Nature.

Rain has fallen in varying amounts across the Fort Frances, Kenora, and Dryden districts, as well as the southern portions of the Thunder Bay and Nipigon districts, in the past 24 hours.

In these areas where there was rainfall, the forest fire hazard is now “low.”

However, there was no rainfall in the northern areas, such as Bak Lake, Sioux Lookout, Pickle Lake, Armstrong, Ogoki, and Geraldton.

FireRangers did have some relief in the form of cloud cover but today is expected to be another busy one in the far north.

These more northern areas remain under a “high” forest fire hazard.

There currently are 64 active fires in Northwestern Ontario. Of these, 46 fires are listed as “being monitored”—42 in the far north and four in Quetico Provincial Park.

The forest fire hazard will rebound over the next couple days, however, as the region likely will be under sunny skies all weekend.

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