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Two fires reported

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Two new fires were reported in the Northwest Region by yesterday afternoon.

Fort Frances Fire #11, a human-caused blaze located about 85 km northeast of Fort Frances, is now “out” at 0.1 hectares in size.

Nipigon Fire #29, meanwhile, is a human-caused blaze located about 25 km northeast of Longlac.

It was listed as “not under control” at 0.2 ha in size.

There are 14 active fires in the region, which are located in the Red Lake, Sioux Lookout, and Nipigon districts.

The forest fire hazard is “moderate” to “high” across the region.

In related news, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is urging boaters to look out for waterbombers.

During the fire season, CL-415 waterbombers are used to suppress wildfires.

When CL-415 waterbombers approach a lake, people in watercrafts are asked to move close to the shore so the planes can perform their scoop.

It also supports the firefighting effort because a waterbomber will not scoop from a lake if encroaching watercrafts pose a safety hazard.

This, in turn, causes a delay in waterbombing on the fire as they wait for the watercrafts to clear the area, or have to seek a water source further from the fire to scoop safely.

Waterbombers often perform circuits when fighting a fire, so more than one plane could be scooping from the waterway in close intervals.

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