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No new fires were confirmed in the Northwest Region yesterday but two were reported on Tuesday.

Fort Frances Fire #9 was the result of trees over a power line that ignited a small blaze along Highway 71 about 30 km north of Barwick.

It is now “out” at 0.1 hectares in size.

The other was in the Nipigon District on the railway along the north shore of Lake Superior between Thunder Bay and Marathon.

That 0.1-ha blaze also is now “out.”

The forest fire hazard is “low” across the region.

There are five active fires in the region, including one in Red Lake District, two in Sioux Lookout District, and two in Nipigon District.

All five currently are listed as “being observed.”

In related news, the public is being warned that flying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones, around forest fires is both dangerous and illegal.

When you fly a UAV near a forest fire, you can put the lives of pilots, firefighters, and other emergency workers at risk.

The delays and distractions associated with having one of these aircraft in the area also could put the lives of the public and the safety of their homes at risk when forest fire suppression efforts are underway.

Always think safety first and keep your UAV away from forest fires.

For more information about the current fire situation, and the active fires map, 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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