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Furnace sparks grass fire

An Ontario man has been fined $150, and ordered to pay $2,500 towards fire suppression costs, after his wood-burning furnace sparked a grass fire.

Dean Kellar of Dance Township pleaded guilty to using a wood-burning furnace outdoors during a restricted fire zone when conditions were not safe to operate.

Devlin man fined

An Ontario man has been fined $2,500 for a variety of offences, including obstruction of a conservation officer.

Daniel Rea of Devlin was fined $1,500 for obstructing a conservation officer, $500 for having loaded firearm on a vehicle, and $500 for driving a snowmobile without insurance.

His gun was forfeited to the Crown, and will be returned once the fines are paid.

Fire hazard starting to rise

The forest fire hazard is climbing steadily across Northwestern Ontario.

The hazard is sitting at “moderate” to “high” for the whole region, with the higher hazards in the southern portions of the Fort Frances and Dryden districts, Quetico Provincial Park, Thunder Bay and Nipigon districts, and north towards Geraldton and Nakina.

Hazy skies here due to B.C. fires

General hazy conditions, particularly in the western sectors of Northwestern Ontario in the West Fire Region, are likely the result of smoke drifting in on wind currents from British Columbia’s forest fires.

Although the haze is considered to be the result of the smoke from the western fires, if people believe there is a fire nearby, they should call in a report to 310-FIRE (3473).

Fire crews returning

Some Ontario firefighting resources in British Columbia have reached the end of their 14-day tour of duty and are returning to Ontario today.

A total of 168 personnel are scheduled to return.

Prior to this group’s return, Ontario sent an additional 206 personnel to B.C. on Sunday, which brought the total number of Ontario personnel there to 490.

Man fined for illegal hunting

A Toronto-area man has been convicted of a number of offences related to illegal hunting.

Pal Szamko of Newmarket was fined $1,500 for discharging his firearm carelessly while hunting, $3,800 for transporting an over-limit of grouse, and $1,500 for unlawfully possessing another person’s moose game seal.

Guide fined

A Thunder Bay man working as a fishing guide was fined $1,000 for having 10 over-sized bass in his possession.

Scott Baxter was charged under the Fish and Wildlife Act.

The fish were forfeited to the Crown.

Court heard that on June 4, conservation officers stopped Baxter and three people he was guiding at the Marmion Lake landing north of Atikokan.