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Northwestern Ontario's biggest forest fire still burns

Fire crews but no water bombers are assigned
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Nipigon 09
Nipigon 09 has burned more than 10,000 hectares since being sparked by lightning on July 1. (Ministry of Natural resources and Forestry)

THUNDER BAY -- The largest forest fire of the year in the Northwest continues to burn in a remote area about 300 kilometres north of Thunder Bay.

Dubbed Nipigon 09 by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, the fire has burned across an area of more than 10,000 hectares since it was sparked by a lightning strike on July 1.

The fire is located about 28 kilometres northwest of Eabametoong First Nation (Fort Hope).

A ministry spokesperson told Tbnewswatch there are no logging operations in the area.

No waterbombers are currently assigned to the fire but there are fire rangers on the ground.

According to a ministry news release, the ministry has employed what it calls "a modified response with limited suppression being performed on sections of the fire."

The strategy includes placing sprinklers near any structures in the area.

Firefighters are also looking for any opportunities to use rivers and lakes as natural boundaries to prevent further spread.

The fire is officially classed as "being observed."