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Smoke drifting into area

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Heavy smoke is drifting into the Fort Frances, Kenora, and Dryden areas from large fires burning in northern and western Canada, as well as the U.S.

Smoky conditions likely will exist until weather patterns change.

People with health concerns from smoke should call TeleHealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.

If you think there is a fire in your immediate area, call 310-FIRE (3473).

For updates on the smoke and fire situation, call the Northwest Region's forest fire information hotline at 1-888-258-8842

Meanwhile, eight new fires were reported in the region by late yesterday afternoon.

These were located in the districts of Kenora, Dryden, Sioux Lookout, and Red Lake.

The forest fire hazard is “high" to "extreme" in the north and west sectors of the region, and becoming "moderate" and "low” in the eastern sectors.

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