Northern Ontario forest fires - July 27

    Alberta firefighter dies fighting Red Lake fire

    The Alberta premier's office has put out a statement that one of its firefighters died Thursday while fighting one of the forest fires in Red Lake, Ont. 
    Firefighter Jerry Gadwa was from Kehewin, a Cree community northeast of Edmonton. The premier's office would not confirm the cause of death, just stating that he "unexpectedly passed away." 
    "Mr. Gadwa and his fellow firefighters were in Ontario fighting to defend the well-being of their fellow Canadians. The sacrifice they and their families make is extraordinary and is felt heavily in hearts throughout Alberta and across Canada," Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said in a statement.
    "Mr. Gadwa's brave and selfless actions will be remembered. To those who knew him beyond his career – his family, friends and loved ones – it is my hope that your memories of him give you comfort, and that the shared grief of a grateful province and country provides you with peace."

    Where are the new fires?

    There are less new fires that have been started than any other day this week. All are in the northwest region and were started by lightning. 
    There's a small fire in Red Lake, 0.1 hectares in size. The fire is under control. 
    Another fire is burning on Blackstone Lake, in the Sioux Lookout district. It is 0.2 hectares in size and being observed.
    The final fire is inside Wabakimi provincial park, near Suzanne Lake in the park's north. It's the largest of the three, 2 hectares in size, and is being observed.
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