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Lightning sparks more fires

It was another busy day for lightning fire starts as the Northwest Region recorded 16 new fires by the early yesterday evening.

Resources are strained as the fire load has increased to 111 active fires. Twenty-eight of those fires are “not under control," 10 are "being held," 10 are "under control," and 63 are "being observed.”

Man busted for drunk driving

On Sunday at approximately 2:25 a.m., a member of the Fort Frances Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) conducted a vehicle stop on King's Highway in Fort Frances.

The officer spoke with the driver, whom he determined was under the influence of alcohol. The driver was arrested and transported to the detachment, where he underwent more tests.

More people running

With one day left to file for the Oct. 22 municipal election, yet more district residents have stepped forward to run as school board trustees and for spots on their respective municipal councils.

John McTaggart is the latest to put his hat in the ring to run for a seat on Fort Frances town council.

Four new fires sparked in region

There were four new fires in the Northwest Region by the late afternoon yesterday.

Nipigon fire #47 is a 0.2 hectare lightning caused fire located approximately 77 kilometres east of the far north community of Webequie. The fire is currently “not under control.”

Nipigon fire #48 is a 30 ha. fire located approximately 152 km north of Geraldton. The fire is “not under control.”