Kenora residents are warned of smoke drifts in the Minaki, Redditt, Coker and Peterson Road areas.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has confirmed that the smoke drifts are from an under-control, 100 hectare forest fire north of Wabaseemoong First Nation. Air attack and crews are on the scene to limit the spread of the fire.

The Northwestern Health Unit recommends that individuals most at risk of harm – children, elderly, pregnant women, people with heart or lung conditions, or persons with physical jobs – to reduce the length of time they are exposed to forest fire smoke, and the amount of air breathed in. At the end of the day, yesterday, there were 78 active fires in the northwest region, including new fires in the Red Lake, Kenora and Sioux Lookout Districts.

Residents and visitors are reminded the forest fire hazard is considered high to extreme, so they should take precautions, especially in windy weather.

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