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Fire risk on rise in region

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Nine new fires were confirmed in the Northwest Region between Friday and yesterday afternoon.

Involving a mixture of lightning and human-caused blazes, they occurred in the districts of Fort Frances, Dryden, Kenora, Sioux Lookout, and Red Lake.

The one fire in Fort Frances District, located on an island on White Otter Lake, was sparked by lightning Sunday.

As of this morning, it was listed as “under control” at 0.4 hectares in size.

There currently are 59 active fires in the region.

The forest fire hazard is “high" across the region, with a number of areas showing "extreme” hazards.

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

In related news, Ontario continues to provide support to national and international partners with forest fire management personnel, equipment, and aircraft requested through the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre.

Almost 300 personnel currently are out of province supporting firefighting efforts, including 259 in British Columbia, 21 in Manitoba, 14 in Alberta (Parks Canada), and two supporting the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre.

Additional personnel will be travelling from Ontario to B.C. today and tomorrow.

Aircraft resources also have been deployed, including one air attack unit to Manitoba and one to the U.S.

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