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Rash of fires sparked

There were 15 new fires reported by late yesterday afternoon in the Northwest Region—and more reports were being investigated as the evening progressed.

There were 10 new fires reported by day’s end Wednesday, including three in Nipigon District, one in Red Lake District, and six in Sioux Lookout District.

Nine other fires were declared “out” that day.

Quiet weekend on fire front

Despite concerns heading into the weekend of the potential for multiple lightning-caused fires in “moderate-high” forest fire hazards, it was relatively quiet in the Northwest Region.

Two new fires were reported Saturday, both in Fort Frances District, along with a pair by yesterday evening (in Kenora District and Thunder Bay District).

Illegal cabin nets fine

An Iowa man has been fined $2,000 for illegally constructing a cabin on Crown land.

Dan Hupfer of Cedar Rapids pleaded guilty to illegally constructing a building on Crown land without a permit.

In addition to the fine, he was ordered to remove the cabin.

Court heard that Hupfer is part owner of a property near the English River, about 20 km east of Ear Falls.

Rash of new fires

Eleven new fires were reported in the Northwest Region over the past two days, most of which were caused by lightning.

The new fires yesterday included one in Fort Frances District and six in Sioux Lookout District.

Fort Frances District Fire #13 is burning on an island on Bluffpoint Lake, about 55 km north of town.

Fire threat on the rise

The forest fire hazard is climbing in the far northern sectors of the Northwest Region under sunny conditions.

This trend will continue across the region, with the fire hazard predicted to rise accordingly.

Some cloudy periods, with a risk of thunderstorms, are forecast close to the Ontario/Manitoba border for today (June 1).