More help arrives on fire front
A total of 20 FireRangers from Saskatchewan and 20 from New Brunswick have arrived in the Northwest Region to help in the initial attack and suppression of forest fires.
This is in addition to the 20 FireRangers who arrived from Minnesota last week.
There are a total of 62 active fires in the region, including four in Fort Frances District.
These include two new fires reported yesterday—Fort Frances Fire #38, a 2.0-hectare blaze, and Fort Frances Fire #39, a 0.1-ha fire—both located near or in Quetico Provincial Park.
New fires also were reported in the Kenora, Red Lake, and Sioux Lookout districts.
There currently are numerous fires actively burning in the Red Lake and Sioux Lookout districts, as well as large ones in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
Very large fires burning in northern Manitoba continue to cause smoke drifting into Ontario.
Smoky conditions can be experienced in the far north, as well as in the Fort Frances, Kenora, Dryden, and Red Lake districts.
Current wind and weather conditions continue to cause smoke from these fires to drift into northeastern Ontario, as well, including along Highway 17 from Wawa to North Bay.
Smoke also has drifted into central Ontario, reaching areas as far south as Parry Sound.
Smoky conditions are expected to persist, depending on the wind and weather.