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Fire risk high throughout region

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Two new fires were discovered in the Northwest Region by the mid-afternoon of June 28.

- Nipigon 10 was discovered between the shoreline of Lake Superior and the rail corridor, approximately 20 kilometres east of Nipigon. The 0.3 hectare fire is being held.

- Dryden 9 was a roadside grassfire off Eton-Rugby Road, approximately 14 kilometres northwest of Dryden. The 0.1 hectare fire is out.

Additional fires were discovered in the evening hours of June 27:

- Nipigon 9 was discovered near the rail corridor approximately 10 kilometres east of Terrace Bay. The 0.2 hectare fire is out.

- Thunder Bay 17 was discovered near Sunset Lake, approximately 52 kilometres southwest of Thunder Bay. The fire is out at 0.1 hectares.

There is one additional fire still active in the region. Fort Frances 7 originated on June 24 on an island on Samuels Lake, approximately 37 kilometres southwest of Atikokan. The fire is currently at 0.1 hectares

The fire hazard is high to extreme across all sectors of the Northwest Region. Please use caution with campfires and consider alternatives to outdoor burning, such as chipping, composting or disposing of brush at your local landfill.

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

Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services would like to remind the public to use caution when performing any outdoor burning. In order to dispose of yard waste and woody debris, we encourage you to use methods such as composting or using your local landfill. If you must burn, follow Ontario’s outdoor burning regulations.

Fires are to be ignited no sooner than 2 hours before sunset and extinguished no later than 2 hours after sunrise.

Always have tools/water adequate to contain the fire at the site.

Know the rules for safe outdoor burning. To consult the full set of outdoor burning regulations under Ontario’s Forest Fire Prevention Act, visit our website at ontario.ca/page/outdoor-fire-rules-and-permits.

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