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Fire hazard now 'high'

The fire hazard is now “high” in most of the Northwest Region.

Fire activity is expected to increase as forest fuels begin to dry out after the rain events over the last few days.

There were 55 active fires in the Northwest Region as of late yesterday, with 29 of these listed as “being observed.”

The other 26 are being actioned by suppression crews and aircraft.

Ice hut owner sought

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is seeking the public's help in identifying the individual(s) responsible for abandoning an ice hut on Lake of the Woods near Kenora.

Back in the spring, conservation officers received complaints of an ice hut floating in open water on the west side of Coney Island in Lake of the Woods.

Dozens of fires burning

There are 65 active fires in the Northwest Region as of yesterday afternoon.

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

Most of them have remained small, and fire crews are making good progress on the active blazes.

Many of these fires will be monitored as they are located in remote areas and pose no hazard to the public.

Active weekend for fires

Eighteen new fires confirmed by yesterday afternoon in the Northwest Region, with more reports still being investigated.

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

Most of these blazes remained small and fire crews were making good progress on them.

Fire scene heating up

Eight new fires were confirmed in the Northwest Region by yesterday evening, with more reports still being investigated.

The fires mostly occurred in the northern sectors of the region, including Red Lake and Nipigon districts.

But there are some fires occurring in the south, including Thunder Bay District.

None were reported in the Fort Frances or Kenora districts.

Fire hazard on rise

Five new fires were confirmed in the Northwest Region by yesterday evening in the districts of Nipigon, Red Lake, and Sioux Lookout.

The forest fire hazard is forecast to be “moderate" to "high” in most parts of the region—and rising in the coming days.

Lightning sparks fire

One new lightning-caused fire was confirmed by yesterday evening in the Northwest Region.

Located in Nipigon District, just east of Wabakimi Park near the north end, was 0.1 hectares in size at last report.

The forest fire hazard generally is “high" across the region, with some areas of "moderate” in the far north and the southern sectors.

One new fire sparked

One new fire was confirmed by yesterday evening in the Northwest Region.

It was located in the far north of the Nipigon District and already is reported as “out.”

One fire of note in the region is Nipigon #9, which also is located in the far north.

Moose hunters get fined

Two Thunder Bay area residents were fined a total of $4,000 for moose hunting offences.

Theodore Aho of Thunder Bay pleaded guilty and was fined $1,500 for hunting calf moose during the closed season and $1,500 for abandoning the moose and allowing it to spoil.

He also received a one-year hunting suspension.