Local firefighters are still fighting a variety of forest fires in the region. Three new fires were found in the region on Wednesday. Two of those fires are located within the Wabakimi Provincial Park, and one is near Greenwater Lake – west of Kenora.

The Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services branch of the Ministry of Natural Resources says that there are still 37 active forest fires in the region, 28 of those are under observation, four were under control, three are being held and two are listed as not under control.

“We’re still getting forest fires throughout the region. Over the next few days, the warm sunny weather could increase the forest fire hazard,” said Jonathan Scott, a Fire Information Officer with the MNRF.

Scott adds that the forest fire hazard is currently moderate to high in the region, with pockets of extreme hazard near Kenora and Dryden.

Scott noted that more Ontario firefighters are also headed out west to fight a variety of forest fires in British Columbia. This season alone, there have been more than 1.325 hectares burned. The B.C. government has declared a province-wide state of emergency, with 33 large wildfires still burning.

A total of 88 firefighters are joining in the fire fighting efforts from Ontario. They include 4, 21-person firefighting crews and four overhead staff, who will join 110 other Ontario firefighters already out west. Over the next few days, over 30 Ontario staff will return home.

The forest fire season typically ends near October 31.

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