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More fires continue to erupt

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FireRangers and air attack were responding to six new forest in Northwestern Ontario as of late yesterday afternoon.

The forest fire hazard is “high” to “extreme” for the entire region, with lightning-caused fires remaining a priority and an area of concern.

Additional fires were expected to be confirmed later yesterday evening and into today as a result of holdover lightning and unfortunately some human-caused fires.

Crews continue to wrap up efforts on Fort Frances Fire #26, located about 15 km north of Mine Centre.

It was expected to be called “out” by yesterday evening.

Meanwhile, Dryden Fire #26, located south of Eagle Lake and northeast of Tadpole Lake, is in a cut-over and currently classed as “not under control” at 0.1 hectares in size.

Kenora Fire #66 is a new blaze located northeast of Grassy Narrows First Nation.

This fire is estimated at 0.8 ha in size and showing aggressive fire behaviour, including torching.

This fire is receiving air attack from CL-415 waterbombers.

Kenora Fire #65 also was a new fire started yesterday. Located near Thompson Island on Lake of the Woods, this blaze fire is estimated to be 0.2 ha in size and required only one drop from a CL-415 waterbomber.

This is a human-caused fire classed as “not under control” at last report.

Red Lake Fires #35, #36, and #37 all are burning in Woodland Caribou Provincial Park, and all were caused by lightning.

Finally, Sioux Lookout District had one new fire yesterday afternoon located in the Lake of Bays area.

This was a small, lightning-caused fire and no problems are anticipated putting it out.

This fire already is classed as “being held” at 0.1 ha in size.

There were no active fires in the Thunder Bay or Nipigon districts as of late yesterday afternoon.

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