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Fire on Nowhere Island

A one-hectare fire was burning on Nowhere Island on Rainy Lake at last report.

Fort Frances Fire #20 was listed as “not under control,” according to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

It was reported at 6:30 p.m. yesterday, and first was attended by the Watten Fire Volunteer Department.

MNRF firefighters arrived at the scene later on.

Fort man charged

Last Thursday around 4 p.m., a Thunder Bay OPP officer was on patrol on Highway 11/17 in Shuniah.

The officer conducted a traffic stop for a Highway Traffic Act infraction.

While speaking with the driver, the officer determined he had been consuming alcohol.

The driver was arrested and taken to detachment for further tests.

Pair of new fires reported

Two new fires were reported in the Northwest Region between Tuesday and yesterday.

Fort Frances Fire #16 was a 0.5-hectare, human-caused fire on an island on Rainy Lake.

It is now “out.”

Dryden Fire #44, meanwhile, was a blaze that spread from an equipment fire.

It was listed as “under control” at 0.1 ha in size as of press time today.