Local fire crews from the Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services branch of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry are being sent to Northeastern Ontario, as the area deals with a challenging forest fire situation.

120 local fire rangers, 28 overhead staff, one logistics team, nine CL-415 waterbombers and two heavy helicopters are joining an inter-provincial team of over 400 staff, aircraft and equipment to help with the dangerous forest fire situation.

“It’s a very active forest fire situation,” said Fire Information Officer, Chris Marchand. It’s escalated near the North Bay district in the Temagami area with almost 70 active forest fires. Unlike the fire we see in the northwest, many of those fires are near populated areas which places an escalated level of urgency.”

Marchand added that local crews will be engaged in value protection work, as well as typical fire ranger crew duties.

Locally, Sioux Lookout Fire 62 joined a tight cluster of six lightning fires burning south of Windigo Lake. The five hectare fire is under observation. Currently there are 53 active fires in the region, 48 of which are either under control, being held or under observation.

Fires in the far north near Nibinamik (Summer Beaver) continue to grow. Crews on Nipigon Fire 29 have been working the western flank of the now 1,800 hectare fire - 10 kilometres south of the remote First Nation - in an effort to limit the fire’s spread in the direction of the community. The community is not threatened at this time.

Nearby to the northeast, the much larger Nipigon Fire 30 has expanded to over 10,000 hectares.  Aerial ignition will be used on both Nipigon Fires 29 and 30 to bring the fires to natural boundaries.

The fire hazard ranges from low to moderate in the southern portion of the region to high across the north shore and extreme in the far north areas of Red Lake, Sioux Lookout and Nipigon Districts.

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