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Rain dampens fire hazard across region

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No new fires were reported in the Northwest Region by yesterday afternoon.

However, July 1 saw four new fires discovered in the region.

Sioux Lookout Fire #45 was a short-lived, 0.1-hectare lightning fire north of Pickle Lake that has been declared “out.”

Red Lake Fire #63 was spotted along the southern shore of Pierce Lake in the northern reaches of Red Lake District near the Manitoba boundary.

The 10-hectare blaze was listed as “being observed” at last report.

Red Lake Fire #62, meanwhile, was located in the remote Opasquia Provincial Park.

The 15-hectare, lightning-caused fire was listed as “under observation.”

And Dryden Fire #15 was spotted near the Trans-Canada Highway corridor near English River.

The 0.1-hectare fire has been declared “out.”

The region's largest fire, Red Lake Fire #38, was upgraded in size to 28,217 hectares as it merged with Red Lake Fire #52 on July 1.

Twelve FireRanger crews took advantage of 15-20 mm of rain over Canada Day in their efforts to consolidate hose lines on the western flank of the fire closest to the community of North Spirit Lake.

Ten crews with helicopter bucket support also are making headway on Sioux Lookout Fire #37, located about eight km southwest of Sachigo Lake.

The 200-hectare fire remains listed as “not under control.”

The forest fire hazard is predominantly “low" to "moderate" across the region, with pockets of "high” hazard conditions in the Dryden and Sioux Lookout districts.

There currently are 38 active fires in the region, 35 of which are listed as either “under control," "being held," or "under observation.”

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 icon.

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

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