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Lightning keeping area fire crews busy

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FireRangers and air attack crews were very busy again yesterday as multiple new fires ignited.

Fresh lightning that passed through Northwestern Ontario in the past 24-36 hours continues to spark new blazes.

New forest fires also were reported across the West Fire Region on Saturday, rounding out the day with a total of 24.

FireRangers started early yesterday, tracking down fires that were called in overnight on July 14.

There were 13 confirmed new fires by late yesterday afternoon.

There are now 63 fires burning in Northwestern Ontario—and more reports are being investigated.

The forest fire reporting hotline—310-FIRE (3473)—has been ringing off the hook with reports of forest fires coming in from the public.

The MNR’s Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services program would like to again thank the public for their ongoing efforts reporting forest fires.

By reporting forest fires right away, FireRangers and air attack crews have a better chance of catching that fire while it’s small and still manageable.

Meanwhile, today and tomorrow are forecast to bring unsettled weather to most of the region as rain and clouds move in from the west.

Light to heavy rainfall is expected in Fort Frances, Kenora, Dryden, Thunder Bay, and the southern portion of the Greenstone district.

Fires of note as of yesterday include Red Lake Fire #38, located in Woodland Caribou Provincial Park and currently estimated at 934 hectares.

This was a lightning-caused fire confirmed on July 11.

FireRangers set up values protection equipment on Hammerhead Lake, Hansen Lake, Glen Lake, and Domain Lake as a precautionary measure, though none of these values currently are threatened by the fire.

In related news, smoke is drifting our way from very large fires burning in the Prairies.

For anyone who has concerns about forest fire smoke, call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-2000.

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