Quetico blazes still burning

Three new blazes were reported in the West Fire Region yesterday, but there remains little fire activity in the Fort Frances District.
Deb MacLean, a fire information officer with the Ministry of Natural Resources, reported this morning from Dryden that crews are monitoring two new blazes in the Thunder Bay District and one in the Kenora District, bringing the total number of active fires in the West Fire Region to 18.
Two of those are burning in Quetico Provincial Park near Atikokan, MacLean said.
“Those two fires we have been monitoring for several days now,” she noted.
Both of the Quetico blazes remain quite small—at 0.1 and 0.2 hectares in size. They are expected to burn to natural boundaries, such as creeks or streams, and then die out.
Still, parks staff and fire crews are keeping an eye on the situation just in case, MacLean said.
The only “uncontrolled” blazes in the West Fire Region are in the Nipigon and Thunder Bay districts, she added.
Fire crews from B.C., Saskatchewan, and the Yukon currently are stationed in Northwestern Ontario to help with the situation.

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