Police in Red Lake are looking for who may be responsible for a 15-hectare forest fire burning near Balmertown.
The grass fire started just south of Balmertown on Tuesday morning, near Balmer Creek. It’s been reported by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry as being held at 15.5 hectares in size.
Officers with the Red Lake OPP say they received information regarding the fire on May 12 at 11 a.m., but didn’t specify what the information revealed.
Now, police say they’re seeking additional information on the fire and anyone with any information is asked to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).
As it stands, two FireRanger crews, one CL-415 waterbomber and one Birddog aircraft are assisting the Red Lake Fire Department.
The Municipality of Red Lake has said they’ve been assured by the MNRF that the fire is not a threat to Balmertown, and is expected to be contained soon.
The Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services branch of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is also asking the public to use caution when performing any outdoor burning. If you must burn, you’re asked to follow Ontario’s outdoor burning regulations.