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Lightning sparks fires

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“Dry lightning” activity resulted in rapid fire starts in the vicinity of Kingfisher Lake First Nation in the far north as of yesterday afternoon.

Sioux Lookout Fire #31, located six km east of Kingfisher Lake First Nation, was listed as “being held” at 0.2 hectares in size at last report.

Sioux Lookout Fire #32, located about 11 km northwest of Kingfisher Lake First Nation, was “not under control” at 2.5 hectares at last report.

Sioux Lookout Fire #33, spotted on a peninsula on Misamikwash Lake about 12 km south-southeast of Kingfisher Lake, also was “not under control” at 2.0 hectares.

Sioux Lookout Fire #30, meanwhile, was spotted around mid-morning yesterday on a large peninsula on Kezik Lake, about 130 km north of Sioux Lookout.

Red Lake Fire #53, located near the northern boundary of Opasquia Provincial Park, was listed as “being observed” at 2.0 hectares at last report.

Among three additional new fires discovered in the evening hours of Monday, the most notable is Red Lake Fire #52.

This 300-hectare blaze escaped detection previously due its close proximity to the region's largest fire, Red Lake Fire #38 (14,888 hectares) burning near North Spirit Lake.

There currently are 27 active fires in the region, 22 of which either are “under control," "under observation," or "being held.”

The fire hazard in the region ranges from “moderate" in the Kenora, Dryden, and southern portions of the Red Lake, Sioux Lookout, and Thunder Bay districts to a "high” hazard in the Fort Frances and Nipigon districts.

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

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