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Four new fires were confirmed in the Northwest Region by yesterday afternoon while 20 had been confirmed by day's end Tuesday.

A total of 152 active fires in the region are in various states of suppression as of yesterday.

Scattered rainfall has assisted with suppression operations, but fires continue to burn deep and require extensive effort by crews to extinguish them.

Areas of concern include Nipigon Fires #29 and #99, as well as the Big Trout Lake (KI) cluster.

Nipigon Fire #29, located 20 km north of Nibinamik and 30 km east of Wunnumin Lake, currently is at 5,100 hectares in size.

Many of the lightning-caused fires are occurring in close proximity to each other in this area as a result of storm systems.

The Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services program has established an incident management team out of Nibinamik First Nation to assist in fire suppression.

On Aug. 11, aerial ignition specialists conducted a successful burn-out operation to bring the fire's edge out to natural boundaries.

Eight Type 1 crews are in place establishing hose lines along the perimeter.

Smoke concentrations levels are expected to remain high in the Nibinamik area over the coming days.

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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