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From the MNRF

Fire hazard on the rise

Despite an escalating forest fire hazard in the Northwest Region, no new fires were reported by yesterday afternoon.

A late fire start on the evening of June 18 was found near the far north community of Webequie.

Nipigon Fire #12, which escaped a trench at the community's dump site, was listed as “being held” at 0.1 hectares in size at last report.

Two new fires

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

Kenora Fire #58 was caused by lightning in the southwest corner of Whitefish Bay on Lake of the Woods.

At 0.3 hectares in size, it was listed as “not under control” at last report.

Kenora Fire #57, meanwhile, was a short-lived fire start near Red Deer Lake.

Four fires in region

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

Red Lake Fire #39, a 0.2-hectare blaze located about nine km southeast of Pikangikum, was listed as “not under control” at last report.

Several lightning-caused fires also emerged during the evening hours of Saturday in the far north of Sioux Lookout District.

Decoy nabs deer hunter

A Timmins man has been fined for a hunting violation.

Ricky Leclair pleaded guilty and was fined $3,500 for carelessly discharging his firearm down a roadway.

In addition, he is suspended from hunting for three years and successfully must complete the Ontario Hunter Education Course before being eligible to apply for another hunting licence.

Rain eases fire scene

No new fires were reported in the Northwest Region by late yesterday.

As well, the number of active fires in the region has been reduced to two.

Red Lake Fire #30, a 3,739-hectare blaze that crossed the Manitoba boundary into Ontario on May 22, was listed as “under control” at last report.