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Fire hazard on the rise again

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The Northwest Region will see a warming trend over the next week, with the fire hazard slowly starting to rebound as fuels on the surface become more receptive to burning.

Thunderstorms over the past five days have resulted in more than 32,000 lightning strikes province-wide.

Four new fires were confirmed in the region by mid-afternoon yesterday, including one in Fort Frances District.

The other three were located in the Kenora, Red Lake, and Sioux Lookout districts.

The blazes ranged from 0.1-0.4 hectares in size, and there were no concerns on any of them at last report.

There currently are 73 active fires in the region, four of which are listed as “not under control.”

One is listed as “being held," four are "under control," and the other 64 are "under observation.”

The fire hazard is “moderate" to "high” in the Fort Frances, Dryden, and Kenora districts.

The rest of the region is under a “low" to "moderate” hazard.

A reminder that forest fires within Woodland Caribou Provincial Park in Red Lake District have resulted in the closure of canoe routes to backcountry paddlers.

Access to a number lakes within the park also has been restricted.

To see a complete list of fires across the province, click on our interactive map.

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

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