Hundreds of people have left their homes in "bone-dry" northwestern Ontario, where fire crews are struggling to control more then 300 fires burning in the region.
Lightening strikes have caused most of the fires burning in the area northwest of Thunder Bay, including the 60 new fires that started on Tuesday, said Debbie MacLean, with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.
"Currently, there are about 300 fires burning," she said of the region north of Lake Superior, stretching from Thunder Bay to Rainy River. "It's bone-dry in Central Canada."
About 700 people have left their homes in the northern communities of Deer Lake, Sandy Lake and Keewaywin because of heavy smoke from the fires.
The evacuees, who include children, seniors and people with respiratory problems, are being housed in various communities in the municipality of Greenstone, said its mayor, Michael Power.
"It's a terrible thing to say but we're old hands at this," said Power. "For many years the community of Geraldton in Greenstone has been doing this, acting as a host to people who flee their homes from fires."
Power said nurses from various communities travelled to Greenstone with the evacuees to look after their daily needs.
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