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From the MNRF

Leaving boat nets fine

A Minnesota man has pleaded guilty and been fined $1,500 under the Public Lands Act for leaving a boat on Crown land.

Randolph MacDonell of Grand Rapids was fined $1,500 for depositing a boat, outboard motor, paddles, and boat seats on Crown land, south of Dryden at Bunyan Lake.

Man fined for land violations

A Thunder Bay man has been fined a total of $5,000 for violations under the Public Lands Act and Aggregate Resources Act.

James Loney pleaded guilty and was fined $2,000 for operating an aggregate pit on Crown land without a permit, $500 for constructing a road on Crown land without a permit, and $2,500 for filling shore lands without a permit.

Illegal deer hunt costly

A Thunder Bay man has been fined $2,000 for deer-hunting offences.

Aiden L. Svane pleaded guilty and was fined $2,000 for trespassing for the purpose of hunting.

He also received a one-year hunting suspension.

Court heard that a landowner complained someone shot a deer on his rural property in Conmee Township near Kakabeka Falls.

Moose hunt costly

Two southern Ontario men have been fined a total of $6,500 for unsafe hunting and party-hunting offences.

Bryce Cavanagh of Odessa pleaded guilty, and was fined $3,500, for hunting big game without a licence and $2,000 for discharging a firearm without care and attention for people or property.

Fire scene quiet in region

One new fire, located in Nipigon District, was confirmed by yesterday afternoon in the Northwest Region.

Assessment of the northern fires has resulted in more than 30 of them being called “out,” with most of these in the Nipigon and Sioux Lookout districts.

This brings the total number of the active fires in the region down to 24.

Rain drops fire hazard

Rain is in the forecast and is expected to reduce the forest fire hazard to “low” heading into the weekend.

But until the rain crosses the region, there still were “high” fire hazards forecast for the northern sectors.

No new fires were confirmed in the Northwest Region yesterday.

To report a forest fire, call 310-FIRE (3473).

Rash of fires in region

Five new fires were confirmed in the Northwest Region by yesterday afternoon while four new ones occurred Tuesday, which required aggressive ground and air attack.

These latest blazes were both human- and lightning-caused.

The new fires are located in the districts of Dryden, Kenora, Nipigon, Sioux Lookout, and Thunder Bay.