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Fire hazard holding steady

The forest fire hazard ranges from moderate to high throughout the Northwest Region, with some areas near Red Lake showing an extreme hazard.

No new fires were discovered yesterday.

At the time of this update, there were 12 active fires in the region: two of which were not under control, two were being held, four were under control and four were being observed.

Police at scene of house fire

The Fort Frances Fire Rescue Service responded to a house fire in the 400 block of First Street East at approximately 9:22 a.m. yesterday.

At approximately 1 p.m., the fire department was released from the scene and returned to service.

The Ontario Provincial Police remain on scene. The public is being asked at this time to avoid this area to ensure public safety.

OPP hiring summer students

Rainy River District Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has received funding from the Ministry of Children and Youth Services to hire two students for the Youth in Policing Initiative (YIPI).

The successful applicants will assist the detachment with the delivery of public safety programs within the Town of Fort Frances.

Seed sales up in some areas

The district's agricultural community has struggled with a late spring this season and for many farmers it has delayed when they generally get their seeds planted by.

A few weeks ago there was issues with excess moisture and only recently, over the past few weeks, have night-time temperatures moved away around the freezing mark.

Cash calendar winners named

Rick Payne and Denise Parker of Fort Frances were among the $30 winners in the Rainy River District Mutual Aid Association's cash calendar draw for the week of June 2-8.

Other winners included Joe and Bev Kozachenko (Devlin), Lynda and Terry Mann (Emo), Brad Haw (Stratton), Bill and Cathy Behan (Eganville, Ont.), and Jeremy Wadge (Headingly, Man.).