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

Sioux Lookout Fire #199, a small lightning-caused blaze, was declared “out” at 0.1 hectares in size.

But Dryden Fire #36, located near Cherry Lake, was listed as “not under control” at 0.1 ha at last report.

There currently are 138 active fires in the region.

The forest fire hazard is “low" to "moderate" across most of the region, with a "high” hazard in the northern parts of the Sioux Lookout and Nipigon districts.

Mop-up continues on Nipigon Fire #99. Crews have been actioning hot spots with the use of hand tools, pumps, and heli-bucketing.

In related news, there are 17 personnel in Ontario to support the firefighting effort here.

A fire behaviour analyst and a research scientist are in from Quebec.

Meanwhile, as part of a Great Lakes Forest Fire Compact (GLFFC) agreement, 15 firefighters from Michigan and Wisconsin also are in the Northwest Region.

The GLFFC crews have been assigned to a fire in the northern part of Nipigon District.

There are 19 people from Ontario in British Columbia providing structural protection, fire investigation, and public information services.

There also is equipment there, including 10,000 lengths of hose, pump kits, and structural protection units.

As well, there are two people supporting the Canadian Interagency Fire Centre and one Helitorch unit in Quebec.

The public is urged to take an active role in preventing more fires.

This can be done by not burning when it is windy, monitoring your fire, and ensuring you have water nearby to extinguish your fire.

As a reminder, there is no day burning of brush and grass.

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

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