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High winds spark fires

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High winds in the Northwest Region have caused trees to topple over power lines and start grass fires.

One new fire was confirmed by yesterday afternoon.

Dryden Fire #17, located about one km north of Ignace, was a grass fire sparked by a tree over a power line.

It was declared “out” at 0.1 hectares in size.

One new fire was reported by day’s end Sunday.

Thunder Bay Fire #22, also a grass fire started by a tree over a power line, was declared “out” that same day at 0.1 ha in size.

Active fires in the region include Nipigon Fire #21, located about 30 km northwest of Nakina, which was listed as “being held” at seven ha in size.

Red Lake Fire #3, in Woodland Caribou Provincial Park, was “being observed” at last report at 74,334 ha.

And Thunder Bay Fire #19, located about 40 km north of Raith, was listed as “under control” at 868 ha.

The fire hazard is “moderate” in the southern sectors of the region, and “low” through the central and northern sectors.

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