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New fires, high hazard in much of northeast, MNRF reports

Currently 34 active wildland fires in northeastern Ontario, MNRF says
Image of fire west of Hwy 69 at Pointe Au Baril dubbed Parry Sound 14 burning earlier this week

Five new but for the most part small fires over the past few days as well as a mostly high fire hazard across northeastern Ontario highlighted the latest report by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry's fire fighting division.

Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services for the northeast fire region says a new fire was confirmed Thursday and four others were confirmed since its last update Monday.

There are currently 34 active wildland fires in the northeast. Of these, one is not under control, one is under control and 32 are being observed, officials said.

The AFFES said since Monday four new fires, all measured at just 0.1 hectare, were confirmed and are already out. The fires were dubbed Sault 14, Wawa 32, Bancroft 5 and Sudbury 46.

Meanwhile, one new fire was confirmed in the region on Thursday.

Bancroft 6 is 3.5 hectares and about 2 km southwest of Grimsthorpe Lake and west of Highway 41 near Bon Echo Provincial Park. It was not under control as of Thursday afternoon.

Two FireRanger crews were on site Thursday with aerial fire suppression support from two CL415 waterbombers, the AFFES said.

The fire hazard was mostly high across the region Thursday afternoon with one area in the southern end of the region showing an extreme hazard.

Pembroke to North Bay and an area north of the Temiskaming  region had moderate fire hazard values.

AFFES said it will release another update on Tuesday.

For a closer look at fire hazard conditions, view this interactive map.


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