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Rash of new fires

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It was another active day for forest fires out on the landscape in the Northwest Region. By early afternoon yesterday, there were 23 new fires in the Red Lake, Kenora and Sioux Lookout districts.

Red Lake fires 71, 73, 75, 76, 77, 78, 80, 81 and 82 were found in the early afternoon in the remote Woodland Caribou Provincial Park and Whiskeyjack Forest Areas. Among this group, the closest fire to the community of Red Lake is Red Lake fire 73 at 59 kilometres to the north west.

Red Lake fires 71, 75, 77 and 82 are “not under control" at the time of this posting. Red Lake fires 76, 78 and 80 are "under observation." Red lake Fires 71 and 73 are "under control.”

Approximately 40 kilometres to the east of the community of Red Lake, Red Lake fires 74 and 85 are situated on the shoreline of Trout Lake. Red Lake fire 85 is “not under control" while Red Lake fire 74 is "under observation.”

Kenora fire 71 is located approximately five km from the Manitoba border near Huston Lake. Air attack planes were working this 100 hectare fire throughout the afternoon. The fire is “not under control.”

Kenora fire 70 is located on an island on Populus Lake approximately 30 km east of Sioux Narrows. At the time of this posting the fire was “not under control.”

Red Lake fire 79 is situated on a large peninsula on Rowdy Lake, 87 km west of Ear Falls. At the time of this post the fire was “not under control.”

Sioux Lookout fire 74 is located 37 km southeast of Weagamow First Nation in the far north. At 2.5 ha., the fire is “under observation.”

Sioux Lookout fire 76 is a new lightning start approximately 22 km north of the community of Sioux Lookout of a large peninsula on Lac Seul. The 0.1 ha. fire is “not under control.”

Red Lake fire 83 is a 0.3 ha. new lightning start near Sambells Lake approximately 47 km north of Balmertown and five km east of the Nungesser Rd. The fire is “not under control.”

Kenora fire 72 is a 0.2 ha. lightning start just west of Wingiskus Lake in Eagle/Snowshoe Provincial Park. It is “not under control.”

At present there are 78 active fires in the Northwest Region, 59 of which are either “under control," "being held" or "under observation.”

The forest fire hazard ranges from “low" to "moderate" in the Dryden, Fort Frances, Nipigon and Thunder Bay Districts, to "high" and "extreme” hazard in the Kenora, Red Lake and Sioux Lookout districts.

To see a complete list of fires across the province click on our interactive map. You can also get the latest update on the condition of any fire by clicking the fire icon.

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

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