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From the MNRF

Building structure nets fine

A Winnipeg area man has been fined a total of $3,000 for violations under the Public Lands Act while two others were given suspended sentences.

Garth Steek pleaded guilty and was fined $1,500 for erecting a structure without a permit, as well as $1,500 for disobeying a stop work order.

He also was issued a court order to remove the structure from the property.

Fire ban declared

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has declared a Restricted Fire Zone in the districts of Fort Frances, Kenora, Dryden, and the southern portion of the Red Lake, Thunder Bay, and Sioux Lookout districts, and along the north shore of Lake Superior in Nipigon District.

Trio of new fires reported

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

Red Lake Fire #22 is located near the community of Pikangikum.

The 0.5-hectare blaze was reported in the early afternoon and listed as “not under control” at last report.

Fort Frances Fire #5, another afternoon start, was four hectares in size near Silvertip Lake.

Rash of new fires

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

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

Of note, Red Lake Fire #20, located near Pikangikum First Nation, was listed as “not under control” at five hectares.

The remaining ones either were “out," "under control," or being "held.”

Pair of new fires reported

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

Red Lake Fire #12, located just west of North Spirit Lake First Nation, is 5.5 hectares in size.

Red Lake Fire #13, at 0.2 hectares, is located near Pikangikum First Nation.

There were eight new fire starts in the Red Lake and Kenora districts on Tuesday.

Moose hunter nabbed

A Brampton man has been fined $4,000 as a result of an unlawful moose hunt.

Luigi Latini pleaded guilty and was fined $4,000 for discharging a firearm on a travelled roadway.

Court heard that on Oct. 14, a conservation officer contacted several hunters as they were hanging a harvested moose at a resort in Ignace.

Illegal deer hunt costly

A Dryden-area man has been fined $2,000 for hunting offences.

Michael Bernier of Vermilion Bay pleaded guilty and was fined $1,000 for entering private property without permission for the purpose of hunting, and $1,000 for failing to immediately attach his game seal to a deer he had harvested.

He also was given a one-year hunting suspension.