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Lightning sparks fires

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There were 23 new fires in the Northwest region by the early evening yesterday. Widespread lightning over the past few days has yielded numerous new starts in the western and central areas of the region as fire hazard conditions rebound.

At the time of this update there were 98 active fires in the Northwest Region: 30 were “not under control," three were "being held," seven were "under control" and 58 were "under observation.”

Among the new fires, Fort Frances fire #27 is located near Otter Lake, approximately 57 kilometres northeast of Fort Frances.

Fort Frances fire #26 is located near Mount Lake, approximately 50 km west/northwest of Atikokan. The 0.4 hectare fire is “not under control.”

Fort Frances fire #25 is located near Oriana Lake in Quetico Provincial Park, approximately 20 km south of Atikokan. At 0.1 ha., the fire is “being observed.”

Fort Frances fire #24 is located near Russell Lake in Quetico Provincial Park, approximately 30 km south of Atikokan. At 0.2 ha., the fire is “being observed.”

The fire hazard is “high" in the Kenora, Sioux Lookout and portions of the Red Lake District. A predominantly "moderate” hazard prevails in Dryden, Fort Frances, Thunder Bay and Nipigon Districts.

Ontario Parks restricts access in Woodland Caribou Provincial Park

Several large fires in Woodland Caribou Park have necessitated some restrictions for backcountry travellers.

Ontario Parks is restricting access to some canoe routes as well as access to a number of lakes. You can find more details here.

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 fire, call 310-FIRE (3473).

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