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Fire risk forecast to rebound

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Eight new fires were confirmed by yesterday afternoon in the Northwest Region, with 23 new ones confirmed by day's end Sunday.

One fire of note, Nipigon Fire #99, is a lightning-caused blaze that started Aug. 12 northeast of Nipigon in the Kama Hill area.

Immediate response was done on the fire with a helitack crew from Greenstone Fire Management Headquarters and waterbombers that worked the fire until dark.

Additional crews were sent to the fire but despite aggressive suppression efforts, the extremely dry conditions and rocky terrain hindered those efforts.

Sustained air attack throughout the day held the spread of the fire to about 400 hectares by Sunday evening.

Despite a fairly quiet day yesterday, the fire now is an estimated 650 hectares in size.

An Incident Management Team is getting established on the fire, working out of Nipigon.

Four helicopters are assigned to this fire and two larger helicopters are dedicated to waterbombing.

Two CL-415 heavy waterbombers worked on the fire yesterday.

As well, there are three Type 1 FireRanger crews and three Type 2 crews assigned to this fire, with more crews en route.

Rain is in the forecast, which may help temporarily ease some of the fire hazard.

But it is not expected to last and the hazard and fire activity will rebound in the coming days.

To track the fire hazards, and to see a complete list of fires across the province, click on our interactive map.

You also can get the latest update on the condition of any fire by clicking the fire icons.

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

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