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Rash of new blazes

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The fire scene remains hot with 19 new fires confirmed by early yesterday evening in the Northwest Region.

These were in addition to 17 confirmed fires by day's end on Wednesday.

The bulk of the fires continue to be located in the northern districts of Nipigon, Sioux Lookout and Red Lake although southern districts are picking up new fires including Kenora, Dryden and Thunder Bay.

The forest fire hazard continues to rise in the north and is rebounding in the south despite recent rain.

Intense fire behaviour is possible in windy conditions.

The majority of the new fires are caused by lightning but some are still attributed to human-causes.

The public is urged to take an active role in preventing more fires.

This can be done by not burning when it is windy, monitoring your fire and ensuring that you have water nearby to extinguish your fire.

As a reminder, there is no day burning of brush and grass.

Meanwhile, there are approximately 150 staff supporting the province of British Columbia in their fire management efforts.

Ontario, as part of the Great Lakes Forest Fire Compact (GLFFC) including Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin has formed international crews of firefighters currently deployed to British Columbia.

Ontario continues to have firefighting staff on the ground in British Columbia to help support ongoing firefighting efforts.

So far since mid-July, four large contingents of FireRangers that had been deployed out of province have now returned to Ontario from BC.

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