M.N.R. officials say 2 new fires are being investigated by Fire Rangers from the Sioux Lookout Headquarters; however, neither fire has been confirmed yet by personnel. There continues to be 8 active fires in the region that are being monitored in the far north districts of Sioux Lookout and Nipigon. The forest fire hazard across northwestern Ontario has climbed to "High" and is expected to climb into the "Extreme" by the weekend. The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources urges the pubic to use caution with all outdoor fires.