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Fire hazard starting to rise


The forest fire hazard is climbing steadily across Northwestern Ontario.

The hazard is sitting at “moderate” to “high” for the whole region, with the higher hazards in the southern portions of the Fort Frances and Dryden districts, Quetico Provincial Park, Thunder Bay and Nipigon districts, and north towards Geraldton and Nakina.

With no rain in the short-term forecast, the fire hazard is expected to climb.

Two new fires were reported yesterday, both in Thunder Bay District.

Thunder Bay Fire #57 was a small lightning-caused blaze, located near Wabindon Lake, that is now “out.”

Thunder Bay Fire #58, located in the Murillo area, is a human-caused fire but no problems are anticipated.

Meanwhile, Red Lake Fire #44, located near Taillon Lake, east of Pikangikum First Nation, is responding very well to suppression efforts.

FireRanger crews continue to wrap the fire with hose lines and extinguish hot spots.

There is minimal flame on this fire and no problems are anticipated.

In other news, a total of 180 fire staff are departing from Thunder Bay and Dryden today bound for British Columbia.

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