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Lightning sparks nine fires

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The Northwest Region saw 10 new forest fires by yesterday afternoon.

Lightning strikes in the vicinity of Umfreville Lake, located in Kenora District near the Manitoba border, were responsible for nine of the new fires.

Kenora Fires #33 and #34 both were classified as “being held" at last report while seven more small lightning starts in the Kenora District were classed as "not under control.”

Thunder Bay Fire #15, located near Mackenzie, was reported as “under control” at 0.3 hectares.

The regional fire hazard has evolved with the arrival of rainfall in some areas of the northwest.

Kenora and Dryden Districts are showing a “moderate" forest fire hazard level, with areas of "low” hazard extending into the Red Lake, Sioux Lookout, and northern reaches of the Thunder Bay districts.

But a Restricted Fire Zone remains in place for the Northwest Region as fire hazard ratings are expected to rebound quickly.

With less precipitation in the southern part of the region, Fort Frances and portions of the Thunder Bay districts have escalated to a “high” forest fire hazard.

During a Restricted Fire Zone, the use of open fires-such as campfires or burning of brush or debris—is restricted.

Failure to comply could result in fines of up to $25,000 and three months in jail, as well as financial responsibility for the costs incurred in fighting a forest fire.

Portable gas or propane stoves are permitted for use for cooking or warmth, although they should be closely monitored.

Portable charcoal barbecues and Hibachis are not permitted unless within 100 metres of a dwelling, or within an organized campground.

Commercial campground operators may allow their guests to enjoy campfires during a Restricted Fire Zone period provided they meet certain conditions.

To see a complete list of fires across the province, click on our interactive map.

You also can get the latest update on the condition of any fire by clicking the fire icon.

To report a forest fire, call 310-FIRE.

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