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Three fires reported

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Three new fires were confirmed in the Northwest Region yesterday.

The Kenora, Red Lake, and Nipigon districts all recorded new fires, but these were all small and manageable, with no problems anticipated.

Fire activity in Northwestern Ontario continues at a steady pace.

There are no problems anticipated with the active fires in the region, however, and no communities are threatened at this time.

Numerous lightning strikes were recorded across the region Tuesday and yesterday.

These fresh lightning strikes may result in new fires in the upcoming days.

There currently 39 active fires in the region, including two in Kenora District, 17 in Nipigon District, 10 in Red Lake District, and 10 in Sioux Lookout District.

Red Lake Fire #31 received 10-28 mm of rain over the last two days, which has greatly increased the fire suppression efforts.

Firelines established by FireRangers on the ground along the flanks are being connected and further consolidated.

Infrared scanning now is taking place on areas of the fire that have been worked over aggressively to find hot spots.

This means some areas of the fire now are into the mop-up stages of fire suppression, which is a good sign.

Resources and personnel remain in place for this fire, however, as there still is a lot of work to be completed.

The blaze is estimated to be 18,587.0 hectares in size.

The forest fire hazard is now “high” for the Red Lake, Nipigon, and Sioux Lookout districts.

It remains “low” to “moderate” for Fort Frances, Kenora, and Dryden and the southern portion of Thunder Bay District.

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