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New fires over weekend

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There were three new forest fires confirmed in the region by yesterday afternoon.

Red Lake fire #42 has been declared out at 0.1 hectares in size. It was located in Pikangikum First Nation.

Red Lake fire #43 is not under control at three ha. and is located near Trough Lake, approximately 39 kilometres northwest of Red Lake.

Red Lake fire #44 is not under control at 350 ha. and is located near Frances Lake, approximately 119 km northwest of Red Lake.

There are currently 19 active fires in the region. Six are not under control, two fires are being held, five fires are under control, and six fires are being observed.

The forest fire hazard is high to extreme across the region.

Red Lake fire #23, located 16 km southwest of the community of Keewaywin, grew to 30,000 ha. yesterday under extreme burning conditions. The fire is currently burning in a west to east line.

An ignition specialist is currently on site to assess the possibility of using aerial ignition to bring sections of the fire to natural boundaries.

Red Lake fire #38 is not under control at 300 ha. and is located approximately 10 km southwest of Pikangikum First Nation.

The fire is located on the west side of Pikangikum lake and the east end of the fire has burned into the lake. Water bombers were assigned to this fire today.

Red Lake fire #39 is not under control at 7,600 ha. and is located near the Cairns River, approximately 25 km southwest of Pikangikum. Sprinklers are being set-up on structures in the area of the fire.

Red Lake fire #40 is not under control at 500 ha. and is located near Nungesser Lake, approximately 40 km north of Red Lake. This fire required aggressive air attack yesterday and today. Sprinklers are being set-up on structures in the area of the fire.

Meanwhile, Red Lake fire #14 near Pikangikum is under control at 3,835 ha. in size. Crews continue to search for hot spots identified through infrared scans.

Red Lake fire #17 northeast of Trout Lake is under control at 6,507 ha. Crews continue to re-enforce existing hose lines and extinguish hot spots identified by infrared scanning.

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