New forest fires in northwestern Ontario hit single-day high amid evacuations – CBC

81 new fires confirmed Tuesday, largely due to lightning strikes

Jul 21, 2021

A single-day high for new forest fires in northwestern Ontario this year has seen 81 confirmed, nearly doubling the previous record 2021 total recorded earlier, as evacuations from First Nations and other communities continue.

Forty-six fires were reported June 5, the most recorded on one day at the time, said Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services (AFFES).

The agency initially announced 71 new fires had broken out in the region on Tuesday.

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