Extreme forest fire conditions

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The fire rating for the Rainy River District today is Extreme. The Ministry of Natural Resources urges residents to use extreme caution and follow all fire guidelines.

One new fire was discovered in the northwest region by the late afternoon of June 16. Nipigon 11 is located near Shaggy Lake, approximately 75 kilometres west of Nakina. The 3.5 hectare fire is not under control. As of this morning, there are 25 active fires in the region. Three fires are not under control, five fires are being held, six fires are under control and 11 fires are being observed.

Fire crews have been focussed on Nipigon 7. The 2,410 hectare blaze is not under control at this time. A total of 18 four-person crews and four helicopters are presently at work on this fire, located approximately 45 kilometres east/northeast of Nipigon. However, fire behaviour has been low and crews are making good progress.

The wildland fire hazard is mainly high across the region with isolated pockets of extreme hazard in Fort Frances, Red Lake and Sioux Lookout sectors.

To see the fire hazard near you, consult the interactive fire map at Ontario.ca/forestfire.