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Fire hazard on rise in region

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Three new fires were confirmed yesterday in the districts of Kenora and Thunder Bay.

Between April 30 and May 1, an additional seven new fires were confirmed in the districts of Kenora, Nipigon, Sioux Lookout, and Thunder Bay.

Most already have been declared “out.”

The fire hazard is “moderate” to “high” across the eastern and northern sectors of the West Fire Region, and “high-extreme” in the southwest sectors.

For more information about the current fire situation and the active fires map, visit ontario.ca/forestfire

The Northwest Region Fire Information Hotline (1-888-258-8842) also is available for general information updates.

People are reminded that they are responsible for safe outdoor fire management and must follow guidelines set out in the Forest Fires Prevention Act of Ontario, including no day burning of brush or grass fires.

Campfires are to be tended at all times and put out before leaving.

For further tips on how to be “FireSmart,” visit ontario.ca/firesmart

Report forest fires by calling 310-FIRE (3473).

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