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

Two of the blazes occurred in Red Lake District, with both being listed as “not under control” at last report at 1.6 and 0.1 hectares in size, respectively.

One was located near Walsh Lake while the other was located along the Berens River, about 15 km northwest of Pikangikum.

Multiple new fires start

The forest fire hazard is “high” in the western and northern sectors of the Northwest Region, where a rash of new fires were reported since Friday.

Kenora Fire #20, reported Saturday afternoon and located on the Aulneau Peninsula, reached 0.5 hectares in size before being declared “out.”

Fire sparked by lightning

There was one new fire confirmed in the Northwest Region by yesterday afternoon and another being investigated at the time of this report.

Kenora District fire #19 is a lightning-caused fire already listed as “being held” at 0.1 hectares in size.

It is located about 26 km west northwest of Kenora in the Pickerel Lake area.

Several charges laid in blitz

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry laid 14 charges, and issued five warnings, during a one-day road check station along Highway 11 east of Fort Frances.

On June 24, conservation officers from Fort Frances, Dryden, and Sioux Lookout, with the assistance of the MNRF canine unit, contacted more than 584 resident and non-resident anglers.

Quiet on fire scene

No new fires were reported in the Northwest Region as of yesterday afternoon.

Nipigon Fire #7, meanwhile, has been declared “out” at 5.5 hectares in size.

The forest fire hazard ranges from “low" to "high,” with the highest hazard in the Sioux Lookout and Nipigon districts.

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Hunter hit with fine

A Sault Ste. Marie man has been fined $1,000 for failing to attach a game seal to a deer.

David Burmaster pleaded guilty to failing to immediately attach his game seal to a white-tailed deer.

Court heard that on Oct. 23, a conservation officer on patrol on Clearwater Lake Road in Fort Frances District observed two men wearing hunter orange walking across a hydro corridor.

Costly ducks

Two Michigan men have been fined a total of $1,500 for migratory bird hunting offences.

Christopher Rigoni of Iron Mountain and Thomas Olsen of Vulcan pleaded guilty and each were fined $750 for shooting more than their daily bag limit of ducks.

In addition, both men received a one-year migratory bird-hunting suspension.

One new fire

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

Nipigon Fire #8, located about 18 km east of Terrace Bay, is a 0.1-hectare blaze.

The only other active fire in the region is Nipigon Fire #7, a 5.5-ha blaze northeast of Thunder Bay.

It currently is listed as “under control.”