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The forest fire situation has escalated throughout the Northwest Region, with upwards of 30 new fires in a day and many northern communities affected by smoke and fires in the surrounding areas.

Ontario has brought in aviation resources from the Great Lakes Forest Fire Compact and Quebec, as well as FireRangers from the Northeast Region in Ontario.

Type 2 contract crews also are joining Type 1 FireRanger crews on these fires.

There were 14 new fires confirmed by yesterday afternoon in the region, with 33 confirmed by day's end Saturday.

The majority of the new fires were caused by lightning, but some still were attributed to human causes.

Despite a number of small fires being declared out, there still were 155 active fires in the region at last report.

Hot, windy conditions, coupled with a pattern of lightning strikes, across the region are expected to keep the situation volatile for several days.

Although rain is in the forecast to the south, this is expected to bring more lightning and the possibility of little rain to offset the strikes.

Active fires are expected to grow in size in the coming days.

Quebec currently is assisting the region with two CL-415 waterbombers.

Minnesota also has provided a tactical aircraft capable of air attack or transport as required.

Many of the fires are occurring in close proximity to each other as a result of lightning tracking through with storm systems.

This has resulted in fire complexes, and the Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services program is dedicating management teams and resources to them.

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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