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Fire hazard remains high throughout northwest fire region

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Four new fires were confirmed in the Northwest Region by the mid-afternoon of July 8.

- Nipigon 21 is located south of Catlonite Rd., approximately 64 kilometres south of Geraldton. The 0.6 hectare fire is not under control.

- Sioux Lookout 16 was located south of Adamhay Lake, approximately 69 kilometres northeast of Sioux Lookout. The 0.1 hectare fire was declared out.

- Dryden 13 is located near Wapikaimaski Lake in Brightsand River Provincial Park, approximately 87 kilometres southwest of Armstrong. The 1.5 hectare fire is not under control.

- Kenora 21 is located within the Grassy Narrows First Nation. The 0.1 hectare fire is not under control.

An additional fire was confirmed during the evening hours of July 7:

- Sioux Lookout 15 is located 47 kilometres northeast of the remote community of Weagamow. The 0.7 hectare fire is being held.

The fire hazard is mainly high across the Northwest region with isolated pockets of moderate hazard in most sectors. Areas of extreme hazard conditions are emerging in the far north areas of the Nipigon and Sioux Lookout sectors.

To see the fire hazard near you, consult the interactive fire map at Ontario.ca/forestfire

Follow Ontario’s Outdoor Burning Regulations

Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services would like to remind the public to use caution when performing any outdoor burning.

In order to dispose of yard waste and woody debris, we encourage you to use methods such as composting or using your local landfill. If you must burn, follow Ontario’s outdoor burning regulations.

Fires are to be ignited no sooner than 2 hours before sunset and extinguished no later than 2 hours after sunrise.

Always have tools/water adequate to contain the fire at the site.

Know the rules for safe outdoor burning. To consult the full set of outdoor burning regulations under Ontario’s Forest Fire Prevention Act, visit our website at ontario.ca/page/outdoor-fire-rules-and-permits.

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