Wildfires raging on Ontario-Manitoba border

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Wildfires have been reported in areas bordering Ontario and |Manitoba. One forest fire which forced the evacuation of the community of Ingolf last Thursday evening was said to be growing.

The Ontario government reported that Kenora Fire 18 is not under control at 600 hectares in size and is located near Rice Lake, five kilometres north of Ingolf. It has been tracking to the northeast towards Rice Lake, Jonathan Scott, fire information officer with the Ministry of Natural Resources in Dryden, said.

The fire started north of Highway 17 in Manitoba and has moved east into Ontario. The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has already hit the fire with six CL-415 water bombers. High winds and the extremely dry conditions have been fueling the blaze.

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The community was evacuated for precautionary measures with the assistance of the OPP and volunteer firefighters, according to a release from the Ontario Provincial Police. Approximately 100 people are affected.

Residents of Tannis and Gundy Lake residents are being evacuated for precautionary reasons as well, The OPP are advising people Royal Lake to be prepared to evacuate. Sprinklers are being positioned at cottages in the Rice Lake, Florence Lake and Malachi Lake areas.

NASA reported that Red Lake Fire Number 3 is not under control at 13000 hectares and is located in Woodland Caribou Provincial Park near the Manitoba border.

The fires captured in the NASA image show the Kenora Fire on the border of Ontario and Manitoba. The second larger fire might be the Red Lake Fire but this has not been verified. It is however, a large wildfire and it is located in the Caribou Falls area of Ontario.

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NASA’s Aqua satellite collected this natural-color image with the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, MODIS, instrument on May 09, 2016. Actively burning areas, detected by MODIS’s thermal bands, are outlined in red. NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz LANCE/EOSDIS MODIS Rapid Response Team, GSFC. Caption by Lynn Jenner. – CINEWS

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