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Air quality concerns heighten due to smoke from 166 forest fires in northwestern Ontario

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Air quality statements have been issued for components of northwestern Ontario as greater than 160 fires have been reported Thursday morning.

Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services (AFFES) stated the fireplace hazard stays excessive to excessive in the jap components of the area, in addition to areas of the Red Lake, Dryden and Sioux Lookout districts, but it surely is low to average in the southwestern components of the area and the Far North.

Recent rainfall has slowed among the bigger fires, together with Red Lake 65, which is about seven kilometres northwest of Poplar Hill First Nation, one of many communities which have been evacuated.

The rainfall has helped Red Lake 51 hearth suppression efforts, AFFES stated. It’s about 51,000 hectares in measurement and burning 24 kilometres west of Deer Lake First Nation, which has additionally been evacuated.

AFFES stated drier and hotter situations are anticipated to return this week in the areas of each of these fires, seemingly main to extra lively hearth behaviour.

Elsewhere in the area, Sioux Lookout 60 is about 850 hectares and is eight kilometres west of Cat Lake First Nation, which is being partially evacuated.

Red Lake 77, listed as being about 23,000 hectares on Thursday morning, is a few 28 kilometres northwest of Madsen and 33 kilometres west of Red Lake, though AFFES stated the fireplace has not moved “significantly” nearer to the neighborhood in current days.

Kenora 51 continues to burn in Woodland Caribou Provincial Park, and is at about 136,000 hectares and never beneath management.

Environment Canada issued air quality statements due to smoke for the Atikokan, Dryden, Ignace, Fort Frances, Kenora, Red Lake, Pikangikum and Sioux Lookout areas on Thursday.

A restricted hearth zone stays in impact in the Kenora, Fort Frances, Dryden and Thunder Bay districts, and parts of the Sioux Lookout, Red Lake and Nipigon districts. Outdoor burning is prohibited in these areas.

Last week, the province issued an emergency order for northwestern Ontario, which permits Ontario to take particular measures “to ensure the safety of people and the protection of critical property.”

Earlier this week, the province introduced it is implementing new restrictions on sure mining, rail, development and transportation operations which have the potential to trigger sparks and begin fires; the restrictions apply to sure particular drilling operations, utilizing heavy equipment with rubber tires and no chains, and rail manufacturing grinding, in the area.

It marks the second time the province has introduced restrictions for the northwest beneath the emergency order. On Monday, the province introduced restrictions on using mechanized gear and energy saws to harvest or course of wooden, in addition to welding, torching and grinding.

The restrictions will stay in place till additional discover.

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