Weekend fires no problem

Eight new fires were reported in West Fire Region over the Canada Day weekend, the Ministry of Natural Resources reported this morning.
Two fires were reported Saturday, with another six blazes starting Sunday. No new fires were reported yesterday.
All the weekend fires were contained by fire response personnel and are not expected to pose any suppression challenges.
Fort Frances District has seen a total of 41 blazes, consuming 18.4 hectares, since the MNR fire season began April 1.
The region, as a whole, has seen a total of 277 fires to date, burning up 1,198.7 ha.
The fire hazard currently is “low to moderate” in the region except for Fort Frances District, where it’s “medium to high.”
In related news, the MNR has been actively involved in an escalated forest fire situation in Western Canada over the past two weeks.
A total of 211 personnel, including firefighters, specialized fire suppression personnel, and incident command teams, have been deployed to assist in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba.
A total of 142 of those personnel have departed from fire management headquarters located across Northwestern Ontario.
Light smoke from forest fires burning in northern Saskatchewan and Manitoba has been drifting into Northwestern Ontario. The smoke may be persistent in your area over the next few days.
If you are concerned with the health effects of smoke from forest fires, contact your local health unit.
To report a wildfire in Northwestern Ontario, call 1-888-284-FIRE (3473).

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