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Fire ban imposed in area

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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.

The Restricted Fire Zone includes the Fort Frances, Kenora, and Dryden Districts, as well as the southern portions of Red Lake, Sioux Lookout, and Thunder Bay 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.

Meanwhile, nine new fires were confirmed in the region by yesterday afternoon, including three in Fort Frances District.

Fort Frances Fire #53, located southeast of Entwine Lake about 80 km northeast of Fort Frances, was listed as “under control” at 0.1 hectares in size.

Fort Frances Fire #54, located north of Eltrut Lake about 85 km northeast of Fort Frances, also was listed as “under control” at 0.2 hectares.

And Fort Frances Fire #55, located south of Nickle Lake about 23 km northeast of town, was listed as “being held” at 0.1 hectares at last report.

Three of the fires were located in Dryden District, all listed as “not under control” at last report, two were in Nipigon District, and the other one was in Thunder Bay District.

There are 76 active fires in the region, 68 of which either are listed as “under observation," "being held," or "under control.”

The fire hazard continues to be low in the north, but remains “high" in the central and southern portions of the region, with some areas showing an "extreme” hazard.

To see a complete list of fires across the province, 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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