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More new fires start in north

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There were five new forest fires confirmed in the region by yesterday afternoon.

Nipigon fire #8 is being held at 0.1 hectares in size and is located near Fog Lake, approximately 22 kilometres west of Nipigon

Red Lake fire #50 is not under control at 0.1 ha. and is located near Meddick Lake, approximately 16 km south of Deer Lake First Nation.

Red Lake fire #51 is not under control at 0.1 ha. and is located near Glynn Lake, approximately 10 km southeast of Deer Lake First Nation

Red Lake fire #52 is not under control at 0.4 ha. and is located near Matchett Lake, approximately 25 km southwest of North Spirit Lake First Nation.

And Sioux Lookout fire #32 is being observed at 10 ha. and is located near Hill Lake, approximately 28 km northeast of Keewaywin.

This means there are currently 20 active fires in the region. Seven are not under control, one fire is being held, two fires are under control, and 10 fires are being observed.

Among the fires of note, Red Lake fire #23 is eight km south of the community of Keewaywin. This fire is 95,623 ha. in size.

Community sprinkler set-ups and maintenance are ongoing. Crews are continuing to work on spot fires today along Donson Creek and Dawson River. Aerial ignition was conducted on the south side of Red Lake fire #23 yesterday north of Hawley Lake.

This helped to bring the fire to natural boundaries and will limit the fires spread to the south.

Northwest Region is generally low to moderate.

Some stations in the far north and in the Nipigon District will remain in the high range for another day until it rains.

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