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From the MNRF

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.

Fire ban remains in place

Just one new fire was confirmed in the Northwest Region by early evening yesterday.

Fort Frances Fire #60 is located near Rainy Lake, about 30 km north of Fort Frances.

The fire was listed as “not under control” at 0.1 hectares in size at last report.

Three new fires were confirmed by mid-afternoon Saturday, including one in Fort Frances District.

Fire ban imposed in area

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has declared a Restricted Fire Zone for portions of the Northwest Region until further notice.

This order is required to reduce the possibility of unwanted human-caused fires.

Resources presently are adequate though the potential for problematic fires exist.

Fire risk 'extreme'

Four new fires were confirmed in the Northwest Region by early yesterday evening.

One was located in Kenora District, near Cedar Lake and Camp Robinson, about 50 km northwest of Dryden.

It was listed as “not under control” at 0.5 hectares in size at last report.

The other fires were located in Thunder Bay District and Sioux Lookout District (two).

Fire hazard on rebound

With a warming trend over the next week, the fire hazard slowly starting to rebound in the Northwest Region as fuels on the surface become more receptive to burning.

With the rise in temperatures, there is high likelihood we will see more lightning fires starting to occur.

Moose hunters nabbed

Two moose hunters were fined for hunting violations in the Red Lake area.

Terry Petropoulos of Markham pleaded guilty and was fined $2,500 for hunting a bull moose without a licence, $1,200 for shooting across a roadway, and $500 for allowing a moose to become unsuitable for human consumption.

He also received a one-year hunting suspension.