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New fires reported in region

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Two new fires were discovered in the Northwest Region by the afternoon of May 13.

- Thunder Bay 4 is located approximately seven kilometres north of the Hwy. 11/17 junction at Shabaqua. The 50 hectare fire, which resulted in the closure of both lanes of the Trans-Canada Highway, received aerial fire suppression throughout the afternoon. FireRanger crews have been assigned to this forest fire. At the time of this update the fire was not under control.

- Thunder Bay 5 is located approximately 44 kilometres east of Upsala, near Taman Lake. The 0.1 hectare fire has been declared out.

Four new fires were discovered in the Northwest region in the May 12 update.

- Dryden 5 was located approximately 17 kilometres southeast of Ignace. The 0.1 hectare fire is out.

- Dryden 4 was located approximately 31 kilometres northwest of Ignace. The 0.1 hectare fire was declared out.

- Kenora 11 and Kenora 10 were located on Wabaseemoong Independent Nation. Kenora 11 was declared out at a size of 1.0 hectares. Kenora 10 was declared out at a size of 0.6 hectares.

At the time of this update the fire hazard was high across most of the region, though incoming precipitation is expected to lower the hazard.

For up to date forest fire hazard conditions in your area, see the interactive fire map at Ontario.ca/forestfire.

A Restricted Fire Zone is in effect for all zones in the fire region of Ontario.

In order to ensure public safety and well-being during the evolving COVID-19 outbreak, Ontario has declared a Restricted Fire Zone for the entire fire region of the province (Restricted Fire Zones 1 to 36) which came into effect April 3.

The Restricted Fire Zone is in effect until further notice. This is a proactive action to reduce the number of preventable human-caused fires and reduce the risk of wildfires impacting the public.

Restricted Fire Zones help protect public safety. In a Restricted Fire Zone, outdoor fires are restricted. Portable gas stoves may still be used BUT must be handled with extreme care. For more information, contact your local Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) Fire Management Headquarters.

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