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Four new fires over weekend

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There were no new fires in the Northwest Region yesterday but four new ones reported on Saturday.

Fort Frances fire #5 is a 0.2 hectare blaze located north of Kaiashkons Lake. It is being observed.

Kenora fire #30 is currently 5.7 ha. and not under control. The fire is located south of Turtle Lake.

Red Lake fire #23 is currently three ha. in size and is being observed. The fire is located south of Sandy Lake.

Red Lake fire #24 is currently 2.8 ha. and is being observed. The fire is located southwest of Deer Lake near the Manitoba border.

At the time of this update, there were eleven active fires in the region—two of which were not under control, one is being held, four were under control and four were being observed.

Sioux Lookout fire #8 near Pickle Lake is being held at 824 ha. Ground crews continue to extinguish hotspots identified by infrared scanning.

The forest fire hazard ranges from moderate to high throughout the Northwest Region.

Adopt safe campfire practices. Choose the site of your campfire carefully and keep your fire small.

Stay nearby: never leave it unattended.

Put your fire out by drowning it with water.

Be sure that it is extinguished prior to leaving the site.

Stir the ashes with a stick to uncover hot coals and then drown it again. You can never be too safe.

Consider alternatives to burning brush or yard waste, such as chipping or composting when possible, or saving burn piles for the fall or after the fire season. Use of outdoor fires must follow the outdoor burning rules set out in the Forest Fire Prevention Act of Ontario.

Fires are to be started no sooner than two hours before sunset and extinguished no later than two hours after sunrise.

Fires should never be left unattended and tools and water should be close at hand to put the fire out.

More details on outdoor burning regulations can be found online at Ontario.ca/forestfire

To see a complete list of fires across the province click on our interactive map. You can also get the latest update on the condition of any fire by clicking the fire icon.

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

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