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UPDATED 8:23 p.m. - Forest fire breaks out in Oliver Paipoonge

The Ministry of Natural Resources dispatched water bombers to battle the 120-hectare fire.

THUNDER BAY — The Ministry of Natural Resources dispatched water bombers from Newfoundland & Labrador to a forest fire Tuesday afternoon in Oliver Paipoonge.

A ministry spokesperson told TBNewswatch the fire – designated Thunder Bay fire No. 8 –  is east of the Kaministiquia River, about seven kilometres southeast of Sistonen's Corner near Sarri Road.

According to data provided online by the MNRF, at 5 p.m. the fire was estimated to have burned 120 hectares.

The spokesperson said that Oliver Paipoonge firefighters responded to the initial call.

Two CL-415 water bombers on loan from Newfoundland were picking up water at Dog Lake.

One helicopter was also assigned to the fire.

At 8:00 p.m., the ministry issued an update which said the fire was still listed as not under control but the size remained at 120 hectares.

Elsewhere in the Thunder Bay area, a 1.8 hectare fire near Dog Lake was also listed as not under control.

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