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Wildfires raging in northeastern Ontario

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Ontario has put a large swath of homes on evacuation notice, emptied two provincial parks, and called for help from other provinces as forest fires rage near the Quebec border.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry placed residents near Temagami, Ont. on notice yesterday morning after 20 homes were evacuated Sunday as a fire approached the town along with other fires that have begun in the area.

North Bay Fire #69, as it's known, is threatening the town, said ministry spokeswoman Jolanta Kowalski.

As of yesterday morning, there were 70 forest fires in the province's northeast region, with 33 of them not yet under control, she noted.

“There's high temperatures, dry conditions, and a lot of thunderstorms,” Kowalski said, making ideal conditions for the start and spread of fires.

“The risk of wildland fires across most of Northern Ontario is high and it's especially challenging in the northeast right now because there are so many fires.”

Ontario Parks also evacuated two provincial parks, Finlayson Point and Marten River, “due to the significant risk from nearby forest fire activity.”

Neary 450 campers have gotten out safely, an Ontario Parks spokeswoman said.

Kowalski said the ministry will be getting reinforcements from other provinces to join the 400 firefighters currently working the northeast quadrant of the province.

Numerous waterbombers are operating during daylight hours in an effort to stop or control the spread of the fires, she added.

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