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Two new fires sparked

Two new fires were confirmed in the Northwest Region by yesterday afternoon.

Red Lake Fire #31, located near Borel Lake, was listed as “not under control” at 3.8 hectares in size.

Kenora Fire #47, located south of Esther Lake, also was listed as “not under control” at 0.1 ha.

Walleye angler nabbed

A Manitoba man has been fined $1,200 for violations under the Ontario Fishery Regulations.

Leslie Colmer pleaded guilty and was fined $1,200 for fishing for walleye during the closed season.

Court heard that on Aug. 19, conservation officers conducted a fisheries inspection of Colmer while he was angling on Shoal Lake and determined he had caught and released walleye that day.

Building structure nets fine

A Winnipeg area man has been fined a total of $3,000 for violations under the Public Lands Act while two others were given suspended sentences.

Garth Steek pleaded guilty and was fined $1,500 for erecting a structure without a permit, as well as $1,500 for disobeying a stop work order.

He also was issued a court order to remove the structure from the property.

Fire ban declared

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has declared a Restricted Fire Zone in the districts of Fort Frances, Kenora, Dryden, and the southern portion of the Red Lake, Thunder Bay, and Sioux Lookout districts, and along the north shore of Lake Superior in Nipigon District.

Trio of new fires reported

Three new forest fires were reported in the Northwest Region by yesterday afternoon.

Red Lake Fire #22 is located near the community of Pikangikum.

The 0.5-hectare blaze was reported in the early afternoon and listed as “not under control” at last report.

Fort Frances Fire #5, another afternoon start, was four hectares in size near Silvertip Lake.

Rash of new fires

Eight new fires were confirmed in the Northwest Region by yesterday afternoon.

These were located in the Kenora, Sioux Lookout, Thunder Bay, Red Lake, and Nipigon districts.

Of note, Red Lake Fire #20, located near Pikangikum First Nation, was listed as “not under control” at five hectares.

The remaining ones either were “out," "under control," or being "held.”