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More than 80 fires burning across region

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There was one new fire in the Northwest Region by mid-afternoon yesterday.

Red Lake fire #93 is among a large cluster of fires burning in Woodland Caribou Provincial Park in the Sabourin Lake area, the 1.2 hectare fire is currently “not under control.”

Generally cloudy skies and scattered showers across the region is helping to keep new starts down in the wake of the busiest day of the fire season. Sunday saw 31 new fires get their start, mostly in the Red Lake and Kenora Districts.

While residents of Kenora and area may be approximately 80 kilometres from Kenora fire #71, prevailing winds are bringing heavy smoke drift to their doorsteps.

The fast-growing fire, located at Huston Lake near the Manitoba border has grown to 2,000 hectares since it was discovered Sunday.

Lightning was its apparent cause.

Waterbombers have been working the fire to reduce its intensity, while fire crews have been engaged in values protection. A contingent of 20 firefighters from Saskatchewan arrived in Ontario today and will soon be deployed to the fire.

More out of province resources, including personnel from Alberta, the United States and Mexico are on en route to the Northwest Region to help ease the strain on resources while 30 of the region's fire crews assist the Northeast with an escalated fire situation of their own.

An ignition team has been sent to Red Lake fire #70, located near the western boundary of Woodland Caribou Provincial Park to try to bring the 1,400 hectare fire to natural boundaries.

FireRangers have been placing sprinkler units on various outpost cabins throughout the area of the fire.

The forest fire hazard is currently “high" in the Kenora and Dryden Districts. "Moderate" conditions prevail in the Fort Frances, Thunder Bay and southern portions of the Red Lake and Sioux Lookout Districts. Nipigon District varies from "moderate" to "high" along the north shore and "low” hazards conditions across the far north.

To see a complete list of fires across the province click on our interactive map. You can also get the latest update on the condition of any fire by clicking the fire icon.

To report a forest fire, call 310-FIRE (3473).

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