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More new fires sparked across region

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There were 15 new fires confirmed in the region by yesterday afternoon, including one new blaze in the district.

Fort Frances fire #70 is “not under control” at 0.1 hectares and is located near Entwine Lake, approximately 88 kilometres northeast of Fort Frances. It was started by lightning.

There are 62 active fires in the region, 51 of which are either “under observation," "being held" or "under control." Four fires have been called "out” at the time of this report.

The forest fire hazard is predominantly “moderate" to "high" across the region with a few pockets of "low” hazard.

Smoke from large fires in Western Canada and the U.S. continues to drift east and will affect areas throughout Northern Ontario for today.

For information about the impacts smoke on your health please contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.

A Restricted Fire Zone remains in effect for portions of the Northwest Region including the Kenora, Fort Frances and Dryden Districts, as well as the southern portions of Red Lake, Sioux Lookout and Thunder Bay Districts.

Excluded from the Restricted Fire Zone is the City of Thunder Bay and organized municipalities of Neebing, Gillies, O'Connor, Oliver/Paipoonge, Shuniah and Dorion.

The unincorporated areas of Pass Lake and Sleeping Giant Provincial Park are also excluded from the Restricted Fire Zone. Residents outside the Restricted Fire Zone are urged to check with municipal fire department for local burning restrictions.

The use of open fires, such as campfires or burning of debris is not permitted. Portable gas and propane are allowed but must be safely managed.

Commercial campground operators may allow their guests to have a campfire during a Restricted Fire Zone provided certain conditions are met.

Failure to comply with a Restricted Fire Zone could result in a fine of up to $25,000 and three months in jail, as well as the financial responsibility for the costs incurred in fighting a forest fire caused by the illegal act.

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

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