More forest fires have been discovered in northern Ontario, bringing the total number of fires burning in the province past 150 even as some existing fires were extinguished.

Nine new fires were discovered in the province’s northwest and four others in the northeast on Monday, Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry said.

The new fires are all quite small, and are considered relatively low priorities compared to the much larger wildfires which have brought crews from around North America to Ontario.

Fires in northeastern Ontario have been getting significant attention. Of particular concern is Parry Sound 33, which had grown by Tuesday to more than 10,000 hectares and was said to be five kilometres away from the Highway 69 portion of the TransCanada Highway. Smoke and flames from Parry Sound 33 were expected to push closer to the highway on Tuesday.

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Published Tuesday, July 31, 2018 12:06PM EDT- CTV News staff

Picture source: Ministry of Natural Resources