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Eight new fires ignite

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Eight new fires were confirmed in the Northwest Region by yesterday afternoon.

One of those was Kenora Fire #80, a 0.1-hectare blaze located near Ash Bay on Lake of the Woods.

It was listed as “being held” at last report.

The other seven fires were located in Red Lake District (five) and Nipigon District (two).

Six fires were confirmed by the end of the day on Saturday.

Two were listed as “being observed" while the rest have been declared "out.”

There are 76 active fires in the region, 63 of which are listed as either “under observation," "being held," or "under control.”

The largest of those is Kenora Fire #71, located about 25 km north of Wabaseemoong Independent Nation (also known as the community of Whitedog), which remains at 9,173 hectares in size.

Heavy bucket helicopters continue supporting crews consolidating lines on the western side of the fire.

Some 100 firefighters have been committed to this fire, with crews continuing to maintain sprinkler systems on structures in the vicinity of the fire.

Plans also are being developed to use aerial ignition to bring the fire to natural boundaries.

Meanwhile, the chief and council of Wabaseemoong made a decision to evacuate 70-80 vulnerable persons (i.e., children, elders, and those with respiratory problems) due to air quality concerns as a result of smoke drift from the fire.

The community members remain in Rat Portage First Nation and are expected to return to Wabaseemoong when air quality improves.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry reminds the public of an Emergency Area Order for the area around Kenora Fire #71 to ensure public safety.

As a result, the order restricts travel on Werner Lake Road, as well as Crown land use and travel within the boundaries of the EAO.

Fire hazard “moderate" to "high” across the region.

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 (3473).

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