The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is continuing to caution people about burning.

Across the region the forest fire hazard is high to extreme. There were five new fires confirmed in the northwest by yesterday afternoon.

Dryden Fire District Number 15 is not under control at 0.5 hectares and located off Richan Road, near Dryden. Kenora Fire District Number 25 is not under control at 0.3 ha and located near Shoal Lake. Nipigon Fire District Number 8, Dryden Fire District Number 14, and Kenora Fire District Number 24 have all been declared out.   

Six fires were confirmed during the evening of May 4. All these fires are now being held or have been called out.

The first lightning fire of the year was also recorded in the Kenora district over the weekend. Kenora District Fire Number 20 was a small lightning fire on an island of Lake of the Woods. It is now out. 

The Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services program is reminding people that they are responsible for safe outdoor fire management and must follow guidelines set out in the Forest Fires Prevention Act of Ontario including no day burning of brush or grass fires.

For further tips on how to be FireSmart, visit ontario.ca/firesmart

For more information about the current fire situation and the active fires map, ontario.ca/forestfire

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