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Multiple new fires start

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The forest fire hazard is “high” in the western and northern sectors of the Northwest Region, where a rash of new fires were reported since Friday.

Kenora Fire #20, reported Saturday afternoon and located on the Aulneau Peninsula, reached 0.5 hectares in size before being declared “out.”

Five other fires were reported by day's end on Friday, including two in Thunder Bay District, two in Sioux Lookout District, and one in Nipigon District.

Most of these blazes were declared as “being held," "under control," or "out” within 24 hours while one fire in a remote northern location in the Sioux Lookout District will be monitored.

No new fires were reported yesterday.

There currently are seven active forest fires in the Northwest Region, most of which are listed as “being observed" while one is "under control.”

None of these are in Fort Frances District, although the fire hazard here is “high.”

One blaze of note is Nipigon Fire #9, which is “being observed” at 3,130 ha and is receiving a modified response.

It is located in the far north of the district.

The fire was exhibiting minimal fire behaviour and crews were setting up sprinklers on values ahead of the fire.

There are plans to use aerial ignition to bring the fire perimeter to natural boundaries such as lakes and rivers.

In related news, Ontario received a request for roughly 140 staff members to help with the wildfire situation in British Columbia.

At this time, the MNRF is planning to deploy 105 FireRangers, one Incident Management Team, and additional support staff.

This deployment is scheduled for tomorrow.

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