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Three new forest fires Wednesday as parts of northeast affected by smoke

The new fires were in the Bancroft, Kirkland Lake and Timmins regions

There were three new forest fires in the region by late afternoon Wednesday, said Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services in its daily update.

Bancroft 1 is now out at 0.1 of a hectare. Kirkland Lake 3 is under control at 0.2 of a hectare. This fire is located south of Lower Kirkland Lake. 

Timmins 3 is under control at 0.3 of a hectare and is located east of Tionaga Lake south of Hwy 101.

At the time of the update, there were three other wildland fires in the region. 

Parry Sound 8 is under control at 0.7 of a hectare. This fire is located south of the Round Lake Provincial Park. 

Cochrane 10 measures 74 hectares and is being observed, around 100 kilometres southeast of Moose Factory. 

Timmins 2 is being held at 4,645 hectares. Crews continue to patrol the fire extinguishing hot spots as required.

The fire hazard ranges from high to extreme across most of the region, with the far north showing a low to moderate hazard. 

Environment Canada issued a special air quality statement Wednesday for areas including Timmins, Cochrane, Iroquois Falls, Kapuskasing, Hearst, Smooth Rock Falls, Little Abitibi, Kesagami Lake, Fraserdale and Pledger Lake.

The statement said smoke plumes were moving over the region from several forest fires located in the Sandy Lake - Pikangikum region. 

There are also additional smaller fires in Northeastern Ontario, said the advisory. Air quality may deteriorate if the smoke descends to ground level.

If you or those in your care are exposed to wildfire smoke, consider taking extra precautions to reduce your exposure, the advisory said.

Wildfire smoke is a constantly-changing mixture of particles and gasses which includes many chemicals that can harm your health.

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