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With smoke coming through the area, residents have shown concern that it might be from a local forest fire.

Pat Harvey, Fire Management Supervisor for the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, said that residents should not be alarmed, and spoke about the smoke.

“From what we're seeing here in the Kenora district, there are no fires that would be putting up any smoke. We have one fire that crews are working on in the south end of the district which is almost out, but I think that the smoke we're seeing in the district is smoke from western provinces. The smoke is coming in due to the wind-flow,” he said.

The Northwestern Health Unit wanted to remind the public, and individuals most at risk of harm – children, elderly, pregnant women, people with heart or lung conditions, or persons with physical jobs – to reduce the length of time they are exposed to the forest fire smoke, and the amount of air breathed in.

With high winds in the area recently, the forest fire hazard is high across the region, with a number of areas showing extreme hazards.

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Extreme forest fire hazard in NWO

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