Fire hazard downgraded

The fie hazard throughout the North West Fire Region has been downgraded despite 28 fires being reported over the past two days.
The hazard, which was “high” to “extreme,” is now “low” to “high” throughout the region with exception of Dryden and Thunder Bay which is “medium” to “high.”
Eight new fires were reported yesterday in the North West Region and 20 fires were reported on Wednesday. Most of these new fires were caused by lightning.
There are currently no restrictions on outdoor fires, but the situation is being monitored and fire managers may consider implementing a Restricted Fire Zone if the fire hazard continues.
A fire in the Red Lake District continues to be challenging to contain and has grown to 3,500 hectares. An ignition team has been dispatched to conduct a burning out operation. The strategy is fight fire with fire to slow the advance of the main fire by bringing the fire to natural boundaries like lakes and waterways.
Although the fire is spreading rapidly, there are no communities or values near the fire.
There are currently 32 active fires in the West Fire Region, 10 of which are in the Fort Frances district.
Fort Frances has had 58 fires burning 34.4 hectares since the MNR fire season began on April 1.
In the whole region, a total of 374 fires have been reported to date, burning up 4,158.90 hectares.
To report a wildfire, call 1-888-284-FIRE (3473).

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