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Fire hazard on the rise across region

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The fire hazard is building and is forecast to be “moderate” to “high” in the southern sectors and “high” to” extreme” in the north.

Today, a weather system over the Prairies will bring clouds, rainshowers, and thunderstorms into the border regions with Manitoba, while mainly sunny skies will reign elsewhere in the region.

There were no new fires in the Northwest region as of yesterday evening.

It is quiet in the region with three active fires that are being monitored. Two are in the Red Lake District in the far north and one is in the south end of Quetico Provincial Park in Fort Frances District.

Meanwhile, there are 168 personnel from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry on assignment in the Northwest Territories (80), Alberta (13), and British Columbia (75) to assist in their forest fire management efforts.

These personnel are from Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services bases across the province and are FireRanger crews, Incident Management Team (IMT) members as well as specialists in areas such as fire behaviour analysis, liaison and helicopter coordination.

In the Northwest Territories, there is one 8-person IMT, 12 overhead staff and 15 4-person fire crews.

In British Columbia, there is one 16-person IMT, one 19-person IMT, one 9-person IMT, and 31 overhead staff.

In Alberta, there are three 4-person fire crews and one overhead staff. Additional resources have been requested and Ontario is organizing for further dispatches later this week.

For FireSmart tips visit www.ontario.ca/fireprevention

A link to the Ontario Fire Danger Map can be found at www.ontario.ca/forestfire. This map shows the forest fire hazard for the province and is updated daily.

Report forest fires in the Northwest Region and the Northeast Region (for areas north of the French and Mattawa Rivers) by dialing 310-FIRE (3473).

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