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Weather keeps lid on fires

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

Meanwhile, Kenora Fire #8, located in the Ingolf area about 55 km west of Kenora, was not expected to spread due to current weather conditions.

It was at 5,800 hectares in size as of Wednesday morning and remains listed as “not under control.”

Hydro lines have not been damaged but an unoccupied trapper’s cabin on North Cross Lake, on the Manitoba side of the fire, was lost.

Fire crews and heavy equipment were making progress on the south, east, and west flanks of the fire.

The blaze is roughly 45 percent contained, with most of that progress having been made on the south end.

Another fire of note is Red Lake Fire #3, which also straddles the Ontario-Manitoba boundary and remains listed as “not under control” at last report.

The fire is experiencing cool, damp weather and flying conditions have been very poor.

The Ontario portion of the fire is located in Woodland Caribou Provincial Park and Ontario Parks strongly cautions people to avoid the southwest portion of the park while suppression action is underway.

Assessment for closures of routes or portages continues, so people are advised to check with the park office for updates and information on possible route or access closures.

The contact number is 1-807-727-1329.

Residents also are reminded that a Restricted Fire Zone remains in effect in much of Northwestern Ontario until conditions improve.

Under the RFZ, all open fires are prohibited. Campfires may be allowed at some organized campgrounds or parks that use approved fire pits and meet certain other criteria.

Campers should check with the owners or operators first.

People still can use portable gas stoves for cooking and warmth, but the public is asked to exercise extreme caution.

Fire staff and conservation officers strictly will enforce the restrictions on open burning.

For more information about the current fire situation, the active fires map, and the restricted fire zones, visit ontario.ca/forestfire

The Northwest Region fire information hotline (1-888-258-8842) also is available for general information updates.

Report forest fires by calling 310-FIRE (3473).

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