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Fire risk 'extreme'

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Four new fires were confirmed in the Northwest Region by early yesterday evening.

One was located in Kenora District, near Cedar Lake and Camp Robinson, about 50 km northwest of Dryden.

It was listed as “not under control” at 0.5 hectares in size at last report.

The other fires were located in Thunder Bay District and Sioux Lookout District (two).

There currently are 72 active fires in the region, of which seven were listed as “not under control.”

Six were “being held," six were "under control," and 53 were "being observed.”

A total of 12 fires were declared “out” as of yesterday evening.

The fire hazard is “extreme” in the Kenora, Fort Frances, and Dryden districts, as well as the southern portions of the Sioux Lookout and Red Lake districts.

Hazard conditions are “high" in Thunder Bay District while Nipigon District shows a "moderate” hazard along the north shore of Lake Superior.

Recent rainfall has reduced the hazard to “low” across much of the far north.

In related news, smoke drift from Western Canada continues to be visible across the region.

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

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