Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls residents are advised that a fire ban is now in place, as parts of the region deal with a high to extreme fire hazard.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry says that there were two new fires confirmed in the Northwest region yesterday afternoon. One fire, located just west of North Spirit Lake First Nation is 5.5 hectares in size. Another fire, located near Pikangikum First Nation, is 0.2 hectares in size.

There were eight new fire starts in the Red Lake and Kenora districts on Tuesday. The MNRF adds that the forest fire hazard is high in the Kenora and Red Lake districts. The remainder of the region is under a low to moderate forest fire hazard.

The MNRF adds that residents should know the rules and follow Ontario’s outdoor burning regulations when burning grass and wood debris safely, as well as any local bylaws that may be in effect. They say that residents should consider chipping or composting brush or grass before burning.

If you are planning to perform any outdoor burning, make sure that you have tools and water on-hand to put your fire out, and never leave it unattended. Fires are to be started no sooner than two hours before sunset and extinguished no later than two hours after sunrise. 

Residents are also warned that flying a drone within 9 kilometres of a forest fire is illegal, and may put the lives of pilots, firefighters and other emergency workers at risk. 

For more information:
Extreme forest fire hazard across region

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