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Fire hazard mostly 'high' across region

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Recent lightning activity gave rise to four new forest fires, all in Sioux Lookout District, by yesterday afternoon.

Three of the blazes were listed as “not under control" at last report while the other one was listed as "under observation.”

The fire hazard is predominantly “high" in the Northwest Region while "moderate" conditions prevail in the Thunder Bay and North Shore regions, with a small pocket of "low” hazard around Quetico Park.

Two fires of note are located in the far north near Nibinamik, also known as Summer Beaver.

In just two days, Nipigon Fire #30 has expanded to 6,600 hectares while its smaller counterpart, Nipigon Fire #29, has grown to 400 hectares.

These fires are burning away from the community, and an incident commander has been assigned to help the community manage the fire and form a plan for suppression.

There currently are 53 active fires in the region, 43 of which are listed as either “under observation," "being held," or "under control.”

In related news, AFFES personnel from the Northwest Region, including 30 four-person FireRanger crews, 28 overhead staff, one logistics team, nine CL-415 waterbombers, and two heavy helicopters, have joined a large inter-provincial contingent of staff, aircraft, and equipment helping the Northeast Region cope with a challenging forest fire situation.

To see a complete list of fires across the province, click on our interactive map.

You also can get the latest update on the condition of any fire by clicking the fire icon.

To report a forest fire, call 310-FIRE (3473).

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