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Crews back from B.C.

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Forest firefighting resources deployed to British Columbia earlier in June are back in Ontario.

Some support staff returned over the weekend while the rest of the resources returned yesterday.

Resources sent to Alberta are still in place, with the exception of two CL-415 heavy waterbombers and an air attack officer on board a Birddog aircraft, who returned to Ontario on Sunday.

Ontario has 96 FireRanger personnel and support staff in Alberta.

By day’s end on Sunday, a total of six new fires were confirmed in the West Fire Region.

No new fires were reported by yesterday evening as rain and overcast skies provided temporary relief, dropping the fire hazard to “moderate” across the region.

But this is expected to change by tomorrow, with hot, dry weather forecast to push the hazard into the “high” and even “extreme” range.

Thunderstorms that tracked across the region recently have left a swathe of lightning strikes with potential to become forest fires.

FireRanger crews and air attack resources are on alert, and aerial detection patrols are being flown over high-risk areas to detect fires when they are small.

There are 24 active fires in the region, including one in Dryden District, 11 in Nipigon District, two in Red Lake District, eight in Sioux Lookout District, and two in Thunder Bay District.

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