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Nearly 70 active forest fires in Northeast region

Ministry expects more new starts in the coming week as region has seen little precipitation
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On the morning of July 12, there are 66 active forest fires in the Northeast region. Of these, 26 are not yet under control, while 40 are either being held, under control or being observed.

On the morning of July 12, there are 66 active forest fires in the Northeast region. Of these, 26 are not yet under control, while 40 are either being held, under control or being observed.

There were 18 new starts in the northeast Wednesday and the MNRF have already received several initial reports that were being investigated by detection aircraft Thursday morning.

Once again, no precipitation was recorded in the region overnight last night, and since June 29 which was the Friday before the Canada Day long weekend, there have been over 165,000 recorded lightning strikes across the Ontario.

The current forecast once again predicts the possibility of thunderstorms Thursday afternoon into the evening in the Northeast region. The MNRF expects to continue to find several new starts as a result over the coming week.

Three CL415’s were working on North Bay 72 this last evening. This fire originated in Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater Provincial Park and has now spread northeast outside the park boundary. FireRangers have been setting up sprinklers in the area of Speight Township and Auld Township as a precaution.

Three fire crews were on the ground last night performing values protection and six crews were out Thursday morning continuing to make progress. Sprinklers have been set up this morning on Skull Lake, Mendelson Lake (Speight Township) and are currently working around Big Spring Lake and Indian Lake (Auld Township).

Good progress was made on North Bay 69 yesterday, fire crews and heavy helicopters were effective in reducing fire activity for this fire which is the closest to the Temagami community.




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