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Three new fires reported


The fire situation remains rather quiet in the West Fire Region, with only two blazes listed as “active” as of this morning.

Two new forest fires were reported in Dryden District yesterday, along with one in Kenora District.

But by the day’s end, there was just one active fire in each of those areas, both of which were less than a hectare in size.

Due to the relatively slow season here so far, some 25 Ontario FireRanger crews and nine overhead staff have been dispatched to aid in firefighting efforts in Alberta.

As well, two CL-415 heavy waterbombers, one Birddog aircraft, and an Air Attack officer have been dispatched to assist air attack firefighting in Saskatchewan.

Rain and cool weather has reduced the forest fire hazard to “low” across much of Northwestern Ontario, with the exception of the Fort Frances and Kenora districts, where the hazard has crept up to “medium-high.”

There has been a total of 68 fires in the West Fire Region since the MNR fire season began April 1. These collectively have burned just 68.2 ha.

Fort Frances District has seen three fires so far, burning just 1.8 ha, while Dryden District has had five fires, consuming 1.1 ha.

Kenora District has had 20 fires to date, burning 49.6 ha, while Nipigon District has seen 12 (5.1 ha). Red Lake District has had three fires (0.6 ha), Sioux Lookout District four (1.4 ha), and Thunder Bay District 21 (8.4 ha).

To report a wildfire in Northwestern Ontario, call 1-888-284-FIRE (3473).

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