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Region sending firefighting assistance east

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Ministry of Natural Resources’ West Fire Region firefighting resources are joining the support effort in the East Fire Region as the fire situation has eased in most parts of the west.

The fire hazard remains “high” in the Quetico Park, the southern part of Thunder Bay District, and Nipigon District, and FireRangers and aviation resources remain on alert for any new fires in these areas.

There were no new fires in the West Fire Region yesterday.

Red Lake Fire #32, northeast of Pikangikum, was showing some smoking hot spots.

FireRanger crews are working the perimeter of the blaze and attacking the hot spots.

Meanwhile, Red Lake Fire #26, located east of Red Lake, has been declared “under control” and all personnel have been released from this fire to return to their home bases.

Complete removal of the base camp infrastructure is scheduled for mid-week.

In related news, additional firefighting personnel from British Columbia arrived in Thunder Bay yesterday, where they will go through orientation to the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources Aviation, Forest Fire, and Emergency Services program, including differences in equipment, terrain, forest fuel types, and fire behaviour between Ontario and B.C.

Once orientation is complete, they will travel to the East Fire Region.

Providing orientation in Thunder Bay offers a number of benefits, including access to classrooms, accommodations, and food facilities at Lakehead University, as well as availability of local transport services and access to the international airport.

The specialists from Aviation, Forest Fire, and Emergency Services provided the B.C. personnel with an orientation briefing today (May 31) and they will travel to the East Fire Region tomorrow to support the ongoing forest fire situation there.

There are 27 three-person crews, three agency representatives, two fire behaviour analysts, and eight division supervisors.

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