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Crews continue to battle Parry Sound 33 forest fire

Work continues to battle dozens of forest fires across northeastern Ontario as crews deal with a dry, windy day.

According to the province’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, there are 39 active fires burning across the region, including Parry Sound 33 which has grown to 8,973 hectares. The ministry says 14 of those fires are not under control.

The ministry says Parry Sound 33 is inching closer to the Trans-Canada highway, which remains open to drivers.

“At this point, we’re about six kilometres from Highway 69,” Shayne McCool, the ministry’s fire information officer said.

“We are continuously assessing the situation. We’re using air attack as a main resource … to try and slow its spread.”

The ministry said that water bombers continued to attack the east flank of the fire amid high winds over the weekend.

Both Henvey Inlet and Key Harbour are still under evacuation orders.

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