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Rash of new fires

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Eleven new fires were reported in the Northwest Region over the past two days, most of which were caused by lightning.

The new fires yesterday included one in Fort Frances District and six in Sioux Lookout District.

Fort Frances District Fire #13 is burning on an island on Bluffpoint Lake, about 55 km north of town.

The lightning-caused blaze currently is classified as “not under control” at 0.1 hectares in size.

The new fires Tuesday included one in Thunder Bay District and three in Sioux Lookout District.

Other active fires in the region include Red Lake Fire #26, located about 55 km northeast of there.

This fire, which started Monday, is classified as “being held” at 16.0 ha in size.

Meanwhile, Kenora District Fire #36 is classified as “under control,” and has had a clean infrared scan showing no hotspots for the last several days.

This fire is located on an island on Lake of the Woods.

The weather forecast is calling for mostly sunny conditions with 30-degree temperatures and low relative humidity today.

This will keep the fire hazard “high” across most sectors of the region, but “extreme” in the southwest and “moderate” in the far north and the northeast.

But by tomorrow, cloud cover and rain showers are forecast to track across the southern portion of the region, with up to 30 mm of rain near the Manitoba/Ontario border.

This should drop the forest fire hazard to “low” across the southern sectors of the region.

The far north, however, will continue to see sunny skies with low relative humidity, so the fire hazard there is expected to remain “high.”

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