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Man fined for fire offence

A Lake Helen man has been fined and given a probation order under the Forest Fire Prevention Act.

Arden Fawcett pleaded guilty and was fined $600 for burning grass without a permit.

He also was given a two-year probation order prohibiting him from starting a fire at his camp or at the public access point of Steamboat Bay in Lake Helen.

Fire crews heading west

Three new fires were confirmed in the Northwest Region by mid-afternoon yesterday.

Kenora Fire #145 was located south of Greenwater Lake, near the CP Rail line about 27 km west of Kenora.

The 0.2-hectare blaze was listed as “not under control” at last report.

The other two fires were located in Thunder Bay District.

Fire hazard on the rise

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

Dryden Fire #75 was located on an island on Pickerel Arm of Minnitaki Lake, about 50 km northeast of Dryden.

It was declared “out” at 0.1 hectares in size.

The other fires were located in Thunder Bay District and Red Lake District.

Tips sought on fire starters

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is seeking the public's help in identifying the individuals responsible for starting a forest fire on an island in Lake of the Woods.

The fire was 0.1 hectares in size when discovered on the afternoon of Saturday, Aug. 4 on a small island northeast of Mather Island.