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Fire ban remains in place

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.

Fire ban imposed in area

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has declared a Restricted Fire Zone for portions of the Northwest Region until further notice.

This order is required to reduce the possibility of unwanted human-caused fires.

Resources presently are adequate though the potential for problematic fires exist.

Driver facing charges

On Aug. 4 around 2:50 p.m., a member of the Atikokan OPP conducted a vehicle stop on O'Brien Street in Atikokan.

The officer had a conversation with the driver and this led him to believe she had been consuming alcohol.

As a result, she was arrested and transported to the Atikokan OPP detachment, where she underwent further tests.

Correction

A story in yesterday's Times incorrectly listed the Region One 14U girls' volleyball co-coach as Terry Ogden.

In fact, the name should have read Terry McMahon.

The Times regrets any confusion or disappointment this error may have caused.

Fire ban in effect in town

The Fort Frances Fire and Rescue Service has issued a complete fire ban for the Town of Fort Frances.

All outside burning is prohibited, including brush and grass burning, backyard fire pits, or cook stoves that use solid fuels (wood or charcoal).

Burn permits also have been cancelled.

Barbecues that use propane are permitted with extreme caution.