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Lightning sparks fire

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One new lightning-caused fire was confirmed by yesterday evening in the Northwest Region.

Located in Nipigon District, just east of Wabakimi Park near the north end, was 0.1 hectares in size at last report.

The forest fire hazard generally is “high” across the region, with some areas of “moderate” in the far north and the southern sectors.

One fire of note in the region is Nipigon Fire #9, which also is located in the far north.

This lightning-caused blaze is now just over 13,000 hectares in size, but is burning to natural boundaries of rivers and streams.

Ontario FireRangers are taking limited suppression action to stop its spread to the southeast.

In related news, there currently are 359 staff supporting British Columbia in its fire management efforts.

Ontario planned to deploy more than 70 additional personnel to B.C. today

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