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Fire destroys cut wood north of Thunder Bay

The fire broke out Friday evening after a lightning strike
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(Photo supplied by Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry)

THUNDER BAY -- Fire has destroyed a quantity of cut wood at a timber harvesting operation 75 kilometres northeast of Thunder Bay.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry believes the blaze in the MNRF's Nipigon District was sparked by a lightning strike on Friday evening.

Ministry fire ranger crews worked with a heavy equipment operator to separate burning logs from the rest of the cut wood.

Firefighters aided by Dorion and Hurkett volunteer firefighters also put out hot spots in the cutover area and attacked the flames along an access road.

On Sunday evening, the fire was listed as under control at about 5.5 hectares in size.

A ministry spokesperson told Tbnewswatch on Monday that no estimate was available yet on the amount of harvested timber that was lost in the fire.