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Several new fires yesterday

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Despite rain throughout the region, there were 13 new fires confirmed in the Northwest Region by the late afternoon of July 7.

- Thunder Bay 27 is llocated east of the Wabakimi Provincial Park boundary, approximately 281 kilometres north of Thunder Bay

- Sioux Lookout 14 is located north of Adamhay Lake, approximately 77 kilometres north of Sioux Lookout. The 0.1 hectare fire is not under control.

- Fort Frances 13 is located near Marmion Lake, approximately 11 kilometres north of Atikokan, the 0.1 hectare fire is not under control.

- Sioux Lookout 13 is located west of Yam Lake, approximately 67 kilometres northeast of Sioux Lookout. The 0.6 hectare fire is not under control.

- Thunder Bay 26 is located south of the Mooseland River, approximately 64 kilometres northeast of Upsala. The 3.0 hectare fire is not under control.

- Nipigon 20 is locate west of Kagianagami Lake, approximately 162 kilometres northwest of Geraldton. The 0.1 hectare fire is not under control.

- Red Lake 31 (0.1 hectares), Red Lake 29 (75 hectares) and Red Lake 30 (4.0 hectares) are a cluster of lightning fires ranging approximately from 16 to 30 kilometres west of the remote community of Deer Lake.

- Nipigon 19 is located south of Tape Lake, approximately 110 kilometres northwest of Geraldton, the 5.0 hectare fire is not under control.

- Nipigon 18 is located north of the Ogoki Reservoir, approximately 172 kilometres northwest of Geraldton. The 0.1 hectare fire is not under control.

- Fort Frances 12 is located near the south shore of Banning Lake, approximately 25 kilometres west of Atikokan. The 0.1 hectare fire is out.

- Sioux Lookout 12 is located near Windigo Lake, approximately 41 kilometres southwest of the remote community of Weagamow. The 7.8 hectare fire is not under control.

Currently there are 28 active fires in the region: 14 of which are not under control, two fires are being held, nine fires are under control and three fires are under observation.

The fire hazard in the Northwest ranges from moderate to low in the southern portions of the region escalating to high and extreme hazard conditions as one moves into central and northern parts of the region.

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.

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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