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Three fires reported

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The forest fire hazard remains “high” across the Northwest Region while an “extreme” hazard is in place for the far north.

A weather system moving into the region from Manitoba may bring relief in the form of rain.

However, the rain is not expected to reach the far north, where the hazard will remain “high to extreme.”

Three new fires were confirmed in the Northwest Region yesterday—two in Nipigon District and one in Dryden District.

Nipigon Fire #12 is a small blaze in the community of Summer Beaver (Nibinamik First Nation) while Nipigon Fire #13 was a grass fire near the intersection of Highway 17 and Highway 628 near Red Rock.

The Red Rock Fire Department was responding when FireRangers arrived on scene.

Both fires were human-caused, and no problems were anticipated with either fire at this time.

Dryden Fire #12, meanwhile, occurred on a small island on Burr Lake east of Highway 502.

FireRangers currently are responding to this fire, which is 0.1 ha in size.

A fire of note is Nipigon Fire #11, which was reported Tuesday and is located about 60 km southeast of Webequie, near the Muketei Airstrip.

The Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services is working closely with the mining industry in the area to ensure the safety of people and the protection of property.

Currently, this fire is about 400 ha in size and is listed as “not under control.”

The fire is responding well to air attack efforts, however, and there is no open flame visible at this time.

The cause remains under investigation.

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