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Tips sought to identify those who started fire

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 Bag Bay on Shoal Lake.

The fire was 0.1 hectares in size when discovered on the evening of Sunday, July 29.

This location can be accessed only by boat from Shoal Lake, which is located west of Kenora.

Fire crews making headway

FireRanger crews continue to chip away at the Northwest Region's active fire load while wet weather over the past 48 hours is keeping new fire starts to a minimum.

High drought code values in the region, a measure of moisture levels deep in the soil, are expected to influence new lightning starts as the fire hazard rebounds and fuels on the surface become more receptive to burning.

Fire scene slows

Lower temperatures and precipitation have had a cooling effect on the regional forest fire situation.

There currently are 93 active fires in the region, 63 of which are listed as “under observation," nine as "under control," and seven as "being held.”

The other 14 are listed as “not under control.”

Lightning sparks more fires

It was another busy day for lightning fire starts as the Northwest Region recorded 16 new fires by the early yesterday evening.

Resources are strained as the fire load has increased to 111 active fires. Twenty-eight of those fires are “not under control," 10 are "being held," 10 are "under control," and 63 are "being observed.”

Four new fires sparked in region

There were four new fires in the Northwest Region by the late afternoon yesterday.

Nipigon fire #47 is a 0.2 hectare lightning caused fire located approximately 77 kilometres east of the far north community of Webequie. The fire is currently “not under control.”

Nipigon fire #48 is a 30 ha. fire located approximately 152 km north of Geraldton. The fire is “not under control.”

Caliper Lake blaze among five new fires

Five new fires were reported in the Northwest Region by yesterday afternoon.

Fort Frances Fire #22, located near Caliper Lake, was listed as “not under control” at 0.5 hectares in size at last report.

Dryden Fire #24, located near Basket Lake, also was listed as “not under control” at 0.5 hectares.

The other three new fires were located in Red Lake District.