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Fire hazard on the rise

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Seven new fires were confirmed by yesterday afternoon in the Northwest Region.

Kenora Fire #68, located on an island in Shoal Lake, was a 0.1-hectare lightning start.

It was listed as “under observation” at last report.

Dryden Fire #19, meanwhile, located about 14 km east of the Red Lake Road and south of the CN Rail line, was listed as “being held” at 0.2 hectares.

Four of the fires were located in Nipigon District while the other one was in Red Lake District just west of Wensaga Lake, about nine km north of Ear Falls.

The fire hazard is predominantly “high" in the region, with pockets of "extreme” hazard in the Red Lake and Sioux Lookout districts.

“Low" to "moderate” hazard conditions prevail in the Thunder Bay, Quetico, and North Shore regions.

There currently are 50 active fires in the region, 42 of which are listed as either “under observation," "being held," or "under control.”

In related news, the Northwest Region has committed 30 four-person FireRanger crews, 28 overhead staff, and one logistics team to the Northeast Region.

To report a forest fire, call 310-FIRE (3473).

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