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Water bombers dispatched to Poplar Hill First Nation forest fire

The fire is burning seven kilometres to the southeast.

DRYDEN, Ont. — The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry dispatched water bombers Tuesday afternoon to attack a new forest fire not far from the remote community of Poplar Hill first Nation.

The fire, which is not under control, had burned 23 hectares at last report.

It is located about seven kilometres southeast of the community.

Poplar Hill is about 125 kilometres north of Red Lake.

Elsewhere in northwestern Ontario, three wildfires broke out on and around the territory of Pikangikum First Nation over a period of two days.

After dealing with a 0.2 hectare fire on Monday, MNRF fire rangers were called to fight two more outbreaks on Tuesday.

One is a 0.4 hectare fire near Pikangikum, which is classified now as under control.

The other is a 0.2 hectare fire at Pikangikum, listed as not under control.

MNRF fire crews were also dispatched Tuesday to a 14 hectare fire on Wabaseemoong Independent Nation. The blaze is now classified as being held.

The forest fire hazard across the northwest is high to extreme.