Local residents are reminded daytime burning is not allowed.

That after several fires in the past week.

Minaki fire chief Robert Creedon says until the trees start to green up, there's always the concern about fires burning out of control.

"Basically, everything dries out, the snow melts, then we end up getting a rain...usually a cool rain first, then a warm rain," explains Creedon.

"That will cause the moisture to get into the ground.  We're looking for signs that that the buds come out.   We don't want that pale green, we want that dark green.  That will tell us that the ground and the trees have enough moisture to be at least fire resistant."

Creedon says you don't have to look too far west to see the effects of early season wildfires.

In the meantime, the forest fire hazard in the region has dipped into the moderate to low risk across the Northwest.

With just one fire currently burning in Northwestern Ontario near Wabseemoong, which cropped up early Saturday afternoon.

Kenora 5 is a point-3 hectare fire and is considered under control.

It's location is south of Kenora 4 which also started on Saturday, however that fire, a much larger 5-point-5 hectare fire has since been declared out.