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Three new fires reported

The forest fire hazard is moderate to high across most areas of Northwestern Ontario, though, there is currently an extreme hazard in an area surrounding Thunder Bay. Strong winds and sunny weather have resulted in a rapid increase in the forest fire hazard.

Charges laid against anglers

The Ministry of Natural Resources laid 30 charges and issued 24 warnings during a two-day fisheries enforcement blitz along the Highway 105 corridor in Northwestern Ontario.

On June 11 and 12, conservation officers from Kenora, Dryden, and Red Lake districts, along with a Northwest Region canine officer, checked 419 anglers for compliance with Ontario fisheries regulations.

Fire hazard drops

No new fires were reported in the West Fire Region over the weekend.

Rainfall has reduced the forest fire hazard to “low” across the region.

Before the weather situation changed, three new fires were reported in the West Fire Region by Friday evening, including one each in the Nipigon, Thunder Bay, and Red Lake districts.

Lightning sparks new fire here

Three new fires were reported in the West Fire Region by yesterday evening, including one in Fort Frances District and two in Nipigon District.

Fort Frances Fire #11, located 65 km north of Fort Frances, was caused by lightning that likely struck several days ago.

The fire is smouldering and no problems are anticipated.

Fire hazard staying high

Four new fires were confirmed in the West Fire Region by yesterday evening.

There are now 30 active fires in the region in the districts of Nipigon, Red Lake, Sioux Lookout, and Thunder Bay.

Fires of note include Red Lake Fire #7, multiple lightning-caused blazes in the northern areas of Sioux Lookout and Nipigon districts, and Thunder Bay Fire #24.

More fire crews head out

In addition to 178 fire personnel already deployed from the West and East Fire Regions to British Columbia on June 12 and June 16, two CL-415 waterbombers and a birddog aircraft from Ontario went to Alberta on June 16 to provide support to firefighting efforts there.