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Two active forest fires in northwestern Ontario

It's been a slow start to this year's forest fire season, but two fires have been detected in northwestern Ontario this week.

The forest fire hazard is predominantly low with pockets of high hazard in Fort Frances area

Forest fires are starting to pop up in Northwestern Ontario. Seen here is Fort Frances 52, which was burning in August 2018. (Jeff Walters/CBC)

It's been a slow start to this year's forest fire season, but two fires have been detected in northwestern Ontario this week.

According to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry's fire information officer, Jonathan Scott, Sioux Lookout Fire 4, located near Doghole Lake in Mishkeegogamang First Nation, is being held at 1.5 hectares.

The other active forest fire is Fort Frances Fire  2, which is located northwest of Panorama Lake, approximately 54 kilometres northwest of Fort Frances. That fire is being held at 66 hectares.

Scott said the forest fire began on Saturday, May 11 and required the combined suppression efforts of CL-415 waterbombers and fire ranger crews to hold the fire's spread.

The current forest fire hazard is predominately low to moderate with a few areas of high hazard in the Fort Frances district and rain is in the forecast for the next few days.