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Forest fire hazard grows

Warm, dry weather is expanding a zone of high fire danger eastward.

DRYDEN, Ont. — The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry says a persistent period of warmer, drier weather is increasing the forest fire hazard in Northwestern Ontario.

A zone of high fire danger is expanding eastward from the Manitoba border, encompassing the Kenora, Red Lake, Dryden and Fort Frances sectors, and western portions of the ministry's Sioux Lookout sector.

Fire hazard conditions in the Thunder Bay and Nipigon sectors range between moderate and low.

By late Tuesday, three new outbreaks had been confirmed in the northwest region.

They were all about 0.1 hectare in size, and were located in the Red Lake, Kenora and Dryden sectors.

The MNRF is currently dealing with nine active fires in the region, including three that are not under control.