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Region deluged by heavy rain: MNR

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No new fires in the region were confirmed by the end of yesterday (July 4).

Isolated thunderstorms and scattered showers blanketed Northwestern Ontario for the second day in a row.

Huge rainfall amounts were recorded across the West Fire Region over the weekend, with the exception of Red Lake District.

Some 130 mm (five-plus inches) was recorded at a weather station on the east side of Quetico Provincial Park and 117 mm recorded at the Kashabowie weather station in Quetico Provincial Park.

Sioux Narrows recorded 93.7 mm (just under four inches).

This effectively has lowered the forest fire hazard to “low” for the majority of the region, with a “moderate” hazard still in the Far North, especially north of Red Lake.

Ongoing fire situation is as follows:

•nine fires being monitored in the Far North; and

•two fires receiving suppression

Fires that are being monitored will be assessed again when flying is safer.

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