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Forest firefighter in Fort Frances, Ont., dies from medical emergency

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WATCH ABOVE: Video captured by Amanda Sainnawap shows pitch-black conditions in the middle of the afternoon as she and her kids drive away from a wildfire near Pikangikum First Nation in Northern Ontario – Jul 13, 2021

Officials say a contract firefighter working in the Fort Frances, Ont., area has died.

Fire information officer Chris Marchand says the firefighter died following a medical issue.

The person’s identity has not been released at the request of the family.

Read more: Ontario issues emergency order to help deal with northern wildfires

Marchand says the ministry is assisting with ongoing investigations headed by the Ontario Provincial Police, contract provider and the coroner’s office, among others.

Marchand says Ontario has welcomed more than 100 firefighters from Mexico and nine from Wisconsin to help battle the blazes in the northwest corner of the province.

Marchand says about 25 contract crews have also been hired to assist.

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