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Fire ban remains in place

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Just one new fire was confirmed in the Northwest Region by early evening yesterday.

Fort Frances Fire #60 is located near Rainy Lake, about 30 km north of Fort Frances.

The fire was listed as “not under control” at 0.1 hectares in size at last report.

Three new fires were confirmed by mid-afternoon Saturday, including one in Fort Frances District.

Located near Manion Lake, about 50 km northwest of Atikokan, it was listed as “not under control” at 0.2 hectares in size at last report.

There currently are 60 active fires in the Northwest Region, four of which were listed as “not under control” at last report.

Four were listed as “being held," five were "under control," and 47 were "being observed.”

A “low" to "moderate" fire hazard prevails throughout the region, with the exception of Kenora District and portions of the Dryden and Fort Frances districts, where a "high” hazard exists.

As such, a Restricted Fire Zone declared by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry late last week remains in place until further notice.

Areas included in the Restricted Fire Zone are Fort Frances, Kenora, and Dryden districts, as well as portions of the Thunder Bay, Red Lake, and Sioux Lookout districts.

The use of open fires, such as campfires or burning of debris, is not permitted under a Restricted Fire Zone.

Portable gas and propane are allowed but must be safely managed.

Commercial campground operators may allow their guests to have a campfire during a Restricted Fire Zone provided certain conditions are met.

Failure to comply with a Restricted Fire Zone could result in a fine of up to $25,000 and three months in jail, as well as the financial responsibility for the costs incurred in fighting a forest fire caused by the illegal act.

To see a complete list of fires across the province, as well as details of Restricted Fire Zone boundaries, click on our interactive map.

You also can get the latest update on the condition of any fire by clicking the fire icon.

To report a forest fire, call 310-FIRE (3473).

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