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Tips sought to identify those who started fire

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The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is seeking the public's help in identifying the individuals responsible for starting a forest fire on an island in Bag Bay on Shoal Lake.

The fire was 0.1 hectares in size when discovered on the evening of Sunday, July 29.

This location can be accessed only by boat from Shoal Lake, which is located west of Kenora.

The fire started in the vicinity of an area that individuals had used to build a campfire.

Local cottagers discovered the fire and began suppression efforts, followed by MNRF FireRangers who continued battling the blaze and ensured it was put out.

The ministry reminds the public that all forest fires are investigated to determine their cause.

A person can be held responsible for the costs of extinguishing a forest fire, as well as for any property damage incurred.

Anyone who starts a fire must keep it under control at all times and extinguish it properly before leaving the area.

To report information about this incident or any other natural resources violation, call toll-free 1-877-847-7667 any time or contact your local ministry office during regular business hours.

You also can call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

As well, Ontario.ca/mnrftips to view an interactive, searchable map of unsolved cases.

You may be able to provide information that will help solve a case.

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