FOREST FIRE HAZARDS REACH EXTREME IN NORTHWESTERN ONTARIO

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(THUNDER BAY, ONT) โ€“ No fire ban has been put into place for Thunder Bay as of yet, but you can expect one by next week if we do not get any rain showers.

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Environment Canada says there is some rain in the forecast along with thunder showers. These showers are scattered and isolated so some areas may get them and other areas wonโ€™t.

Three new fires have begun since yesterday and are currently not under control.

The Red Lake fire is 85 hectare so far and growing. The Nipigon fire that started yesterday due to lightning is 0.3 hectare and growing and the new Sioux Lookout fire from yesterday is growing fast and not under control.

It has been a very challenging week for fire crews in the Northwest region as the fires in the areas of Kenora and Red Lake District have been growing a significant size.

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This year has been extremely high risk for forest fires. So far this year we have had 740 fires compared to last year with only 173.

Please be careful with campfires, cooking stoves, and BBQs. Never leave a fire unattended and always have a source of water close to the fire.

As of yet there is no fire ban for the area of Thunder Bay.

Source: MNR

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