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From the MNRF

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.

Fort hunter fined for offences

A Fort Frances man has been fined $2,800 for hunting offences under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act.

Michael Shine pleaded guilty and was fined $2,000 for careless hunting and $800 for trespassing to hunt.

He also received a probation order to complete 50 hours of community service work and has been suspended from hunting for three years.