Recent rain in the region has slowed down the forest fire season for local firefighters.

The Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services branch of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry says that there are only 22 active forest fires in northwestern Ontario. One of those fires are listed as under control, and 21 fires are under observation.

“Recently, there’s been rain in the region that has lowered the forest fire hazard. There are a few pockets of moderate hazard in the southern portions of the region, but predominately the hazard is low,” said Jonathan Scott, a Fire Information Officer with the MNRF.

Scott adds that even though the forest fire hazard is listed as low across the region, the forest fire season does not typically end until October 31.

There are currently 48 personnel out west to help fight fires in British Columbia, although Scott notes that resources and staff from Ontario are set to return in the next few days.

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