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Lightning sparks fire


One new fire was confirmed yesterday in the West Fire Region.

Located on the Deadhorse Road in Nipigon District, just west of Marathon, the lightning-caused blaze was small at 0.1 hectare in size.

It is now “out.”

There are four active fires in the region, covering 575.1 ha. Three of these fires are in Sioux Lookout District while the fourth is in Red Lake District.

So far this fire season, there have been 328 fires in the West Fire District, consuming 9,313 ha.

In related news, one Incident Management Team departed from Dryden yesterday bound for Kamloops, B.C.

They joined the 271 Ontarians already in British Columbia battling to help save homes, properties, values, and forests.

Meanwhile, all personnel who had been deployed to Manitoba safely returned home yesterday afternoon.

They will recycle their gear and be ready to go to B.C. if need be.

The West Fire Region also has 41 people contributing to forest fire suppression efforts in La Ronge, Pelican Narrows, and Danere Beach, Sask.

These areas have received scattered thunderstorms but minimal rainfall.

Sufficient firefighting personnel, equipment, and aircraft remain in Ontario to meet current and forecast fire demands here.

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