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One new fire reported

One new fire was reported in the West Fire Region by yesterday evening.

Kenora District Fire #31 is a 0.1-hectare blaze located just north of Perrault Falls burning in grass adjacent to Highway 105.

Meanwhile, Red Lake Fire #26 has been declared “out.”

Follow rules when burning: MNR

For more than a week now, there’s been no new fires reported in the West Fire Region.

But the Ministry of Natural Resources is reminding the public they still need to aware of the rules when they want to light a fire.

Outdoor fires are allowed under the Forest Fires Prevention Act of Ontario (FFPA), provided that people follow the proper outdoor burning guidelines:

Fire situation remains quiet

For the fifth day in a row, no new forest fires were reported in Northwestern Ontario.

Mother Nature seems to be working in our favour with a few nice days scattered amongst rain and thunderstorms.

This weather cycle allows for minimal drying of the forest fuels, and is keeping the fire hazard “low” to “moderate” across the region.

Fire risk drops

The forest fire hazard is expected to drop to “low” as storm systems continue to bring rain and cloud cover throughout the West Fire Region.

No new fires were reported by yesterday evening.

One fire of note, Red Lake Fire #32 burning northeast of Pikangikum, had sunny conditions and winds out of the southwest at 20 km/h yesterday.

Rain puts damper on fires

No new fires were reported in the West Fire Region by yesterday evening.

Rain has dropped the fire hazard to “low” in most parts of the region and “moderate” in the eastern sectors, including south of Thunder Bay and into Nipigon District.

The easing of the fire hazard in the west has freed up resources to support firefighting efforts in the East Fire Region.

Fire hazard rising

Heading into the May long weekend, recreational activity and outdoor fire activity is expected to increase.

As such, people are cautioned to use extra care with all outdoor fires under these high fire hazard conditions, the Ministry of Natural Resources warned.

Deer hunters fined $3,500

Two Americans have been fined a total of $3,500 for illegal deer hunting.

Michael Kautz, of Hiles, Wis., and Jeffery Kautz of Embarrass, Wis. both pleaded guilty and were convicted under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act for unlawfully hunting and killing a white-tailed deer during the closed season.