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Weekend rain helped Northwestern Ontario firefighters

Only six fires are not under control.
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DRYDEN, Ont. — Ontario's Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services Agency says significant rainfall has helped firefighters dealing with the 79 wildfires still burning in the Northwest Region.

The fire hazard is now low throughout the region.

AFFES said Sunday evening that only six fires are not under control, and 58 are being observed.

Areas in the southern part of the region received the most rain, with some getting up to 50 millimetres.

Fires in Quetico Provincial Park, where a ban on backcountry camping and canoeing remains in place, got 14 millimetres to add to the 5 to 15 millimetres they received Saturday.

A Restricted Fire Zone remains in place in the Fort Frances district and southern portions of the Dryden and Kenora districts.

 

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