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Minnesota crew joins fire fight

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Five new fires were reported in the Northwest Region by late yesterday afternoon but more were expected through the evening.

By day’s end on Tuesday, eight new fires had been reported, with most of them in Nipigon District.

One, however, was in the northern area of Red Lake District, which is partly in Ontario and partly in Manitoba.

With multiple new fire starts daily, and more than 70 active fires in the region, firefighting resources are being managed to ensure crews currently on fires are replaced as needed with fresh ones.

As well, a 20-person crew from Minnesota is expected to be assigned to the Deer Lake/Keewaywin complex of fires in the far north of Red Lake District.

This will help free up Type 1 Ontario FireRanger crews to be back in the response system for initial attack on new blazes.

Type 2 contract crews also have been assigned to fires across the region to allow for the release of FireRanger crews.

Firefighters from the southern districts of Dryden, Fort Frances, and Kenora have travelled north to support the effort there.

The fire hazard currently is “low” to “moderate” in the south, with little fire activity and adequate resources remain for attack on new fires there.

ment Headquarters in Nipigon District to support initial attack resources there.

With so many fires active in the region, smoky conditions may occur.

The weather forecast is predicting the possibility of some rain into the northwest area of the region.

It also is a possibility there will be little rain and some dry lightning to occur with the storm system.

The forest fire hazard is predominantly “moderate” to “high” in that part of the region, with an “extreme” hazard in the north end of Sioux Lookout District.

Even if rain does fall, its effects are not expected to last and within three days the fire hazard is forecast to rebound to “high” across the entire region.

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